Free Agency Preview: Navigating a crowded blueline situation

While the Oilers badly need to do some renovations on their forward group over the off-season, their blueline appears to be pretty much solidified heading into next season. As of right now, it seems the blueline is the position of strength the Oilers can deal from in order to address a position of weakness, which…


Howson: Discusses his role and Individual Player Development Plan

The draft is the first step to building a consistent NHL organization, but how you develop, support and nurture those draft picks is arguably more important. The Oilers haven’t drafted or developed good enough for the past 14 years. The NHL standings prove that, but over the past four years the drafting has improved, and…


Weekly Rumours – Free Agent Frenzy Edition

I had high hopes for the NHL Draft and I was extremely disappointed. Every year I buy into the hype and hope that we’ll see a flurry of activity and this year was more boring than ever. But, with the salary cap being finalized and lower than expected, we might see some interesting moves once…


Free Agency Preview: Finding quality depth for the Oilers up front

One of the most important jobs for Ken Holland this summer will be adding to Edmonton’s underwhelming forward group. As we saw last year, the team is incredibly top heavy and lacks high-quality depth. They struggled to produce offence when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl weren’t on the ice, as the duo were directly involved…


New Free Agent Options?

I don’t expect Ken Holland to be courting top-end free agents, he has basically said as much, but he will be bargain hunting. Yesterday was the deadline to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents, and 31 players who played at least one NHL game last season didn’t receive a QO. They are now free…


The Wish List

With the free agency discussion period upon us, it’s time for an updated look at The Wish List. I have removed Gustav Nyquist, Kasperi Kapanen, Nik Ehlers from the list in favour of some more reasonable candidates as well as eliminating Brian Elliott after he signed with the Flyers on Thursday morning.



While there’s no cheering allowed in the press box, I’ve got to admit I was hoping Theoren Fleury would get the call today telling him he was being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. I know, tough sell here in the Edmonton Oilers backyard. That call didn’t come for the former nasty little so-and-so…


Draft Picks… Unpredictable

One of the most difficult jobs in the NHL is being an amateur scout. You are scouting 17 year-olds and projecting what they might become in the future. That is difficult enough, but when you add in how the amateur scouts have very little control over the drafted player’s development once they are in the…


2019-2020 schedule released

The Edmonton Oilers have released their schedule for the 2018-19 season. They’ll kick things off with a home game against the Canucks on Oct. 2 and they’ll finish the regular season off (hopefully it isn’t their final game of the season) on the road in Calgary on April 4.