Connor McDavid’s Stanley Cup prediction: “I don’t care”

Over the past few days, Connor McDavid kicked off his summer vacation with a tour around Europe with his girlfriend. As we speak, Connor’s checking out the French Open, probably grabbing a drink in the sun, and watching some tennis — nothing wrong with that. Vacation aside, Connor McDavid knows that people want a piece…


Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2013 NHL Draft

Today, we jump in our time machine and take a trip back to the 2013 NHL Draft to have a look at the players that were selected in the 7-15 range. As you likely remember, Darnell Nurse was the Oilers’ pick at number seven that year and will lead off today’s countdown. Will adding another…


Monday Mailbag – Thoughts on the new coaching staff

Welcome, my friends, to another edition of the Monday Mailbag, where we take your questions about the Oilers, or life in general, and dish out some fresh wisdom for you as you start your week. This week, we’re talking a lot about the new Oilers coaches and what they bring to the table, and also…


Can the Oilers squeeze in a UFA?

Looking at what the Oilers currently have on their roster, I see the need for three additions this summer: a top-six winger, a solid offensive defenseman, and a depth centre. The offensive d-man would likely have to be acquired via trade (unless it’s Mike Green), while the depth centre can likely be a low-end free…


Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2012 NHL Draft

Do you remember the 2012 NHL Draft? I bet you do. That was the year that Nail Yakupov pulled an Oilers jersey over his head with the first overall pick. Needless to say, that pick didn’t really work out as expected for the Oilers fans or the organization itself, but that’s a story for another…


Bandwagon Life Survival Guide: Vegas Golden Knights

Ahh, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The cruel mistress that causes nothing but grief for Oilers fans after an abbreviated run last year. That doesn’t have to be the case. I am here to lend you some watching points to help bring you back to the NHL before the long summer ahead with no hockey.


Bandwagon Life Survival Guide: Washington Capitals

Playoffs can be a tough pill to swallow after last year’s Oilers run into the second round. I can understand if some people have, like Baggedmilk and Wanye, agreed to not watch a lick of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. Least of which, the Stanley Cup Final. Tomorrow night is Game One and I have…


The Oilers need to sign Nurse to a long-term, low-salary deal

On June 10, 2013, the Nashville Predators locked up Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28-million contract paying him $4-million a year. He was 23 years old at the time and the deal paid him 6.22 per cent of the ceiling at signing. At the time, Josi was indeed considered a very good young defenceman, but…


UFA Profile: Mike Green is a more affordable gamble for the Oilers

I wrote last week about John Carlson being a perfect fit for the Oilers. He’s a right-shot defenceman who can produce offence at a high level which is exactly what the team needs right now. Unfortunately, there’s this thing called the salary cap that’s going to get in the way of Carlson coming to Edmonton….


Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2011 NHL Draft

Yesterday, we looked at the mid-first round picks from the Taylor Hall Draft (2010) which we all knew reasonably well from living through the decade of darkness. In today’s recap, I break down the 7-15th overall picks from the 2011 NHL Draft, which is, obviously, another one that we all paid close attention to. As…