Scouting Samorukov and Oilers Blueline Prospects

George Burnett began his head coaching career 30 years ago as he guided the Niagara Falls Thunder to the third round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. He spent three years in Niagara and made it to the third round all three years. Then the Oilers hired him to coach their AHL affiliate in Cape…


The Sweeteners

If Ken Holland is unable to free up any cap space it could be a very underwhelming off-season for the Oilers. He could buyout Sam Gagner, he could try to move Sekera or Russell and while those types of moves will certainly help we can’t avoid the elephant in the room — Milan Lucic.


Oilers Prospect Update: Condors out and Safin vs Samorukov

The Condors were unable to stop the San Diego Gulls in game 6 of the series, and their record-setting season is over. Tyler Benson finishes as the regular season point leader (15-51-66) followed up by Cooper Marody (19-45-64) and Joseph Gambardella (29-19-48). In their playoff run, Brad Malone shone brightest with thirteen points in ten…


Selling high on Darnell Nurse

I wrote last weekend about the Oilers’ logjam on the blueline and how the organization is in an interesting situation with six NHL-quality defenders and a wealth of prospects pushing their way up onto the roster. Something I suggested was the possibility of selling from this position of strength in order to fill an area…


Wishful Thinking

At some point, Ken Holland will hire a head coach and then we can really turn our attention to the fun part of the off-season; trade speculation.


The Worst of Ken Holland in Detroit

Last week, I looked at Ken Holland’s best moves in Detroit. Holland had a Hall of Fame run in Detroit. He won three Stanley Cups over 22 years as Detroit’s general manager. Holland had a ton of success, but that wasn’t without mistakes along the way. Trying to prolong a legendary playoff streak comes with…


The Nation Roundup

Will this be the end of the OBC; the upside to Holland leaving the Wings; where can the Leafs dump their problematic contracts; could Van buy out Eriksson; will Winnipeg trade Trouba; updated NHL Draft rankings; in depth Draft profiles and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Sumo Jerky.


Trade Targets – Part Two: Teams in cap hell

In part one of my trade targets series, I took a look at some teams that are currently heading towards the rebuilding process. This week, I’m looking at a handful of teams who are really tight up against the salary cap and could be forced to move on from some talented young players this summer….