Acquiring Defence: Edmonton vs. Toronto

Edmonton and Toronto were in similar positions after the 2014-15 season. Both franchises were coming off poor seasons, finishing in the bottom five of the standings, and needed major changes on defence. How did they rebuild their bluelines over the next three summers?


Mike Cammalleri and Other Old Guy Additions from the Last Decade

The Edmonton Oilers weren’t very good for the large part of the past decade. When you’re not making the playoffs you’re usually sending players out instead of bringing them in. Despite this, the Oilers still managed to add an older, useful veteran every so often that would make the last half of the season more…


Separating McDavid and Draisaitl

Is it time for Todd McLellan to split Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl up 5-on-5? McDavid and Draisaitl have played together virtually all season, and both are on pace for stellar individual campaigns again, but the Oilers remain dead last in the league in goals scored. They’re a wonderful combination, but loading up one line means…


Darnell Nurse and the Defence

Edmonton had a massive hole to fill when Andrej Sekera tore his ACL during the playoffs last season. Sekera played the second most minutes among Oilers defencemen behind Oscar Klefbom in all situations. Peter Chiarelli chose to re-sign Kris Russell and bet that Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning could take on more minutes, instead of…


Right Wing Candidates

Right wing is the biggest area of concern for the Edmonton Oilers. Todd McLellan was running a centre in Leon Draisaitl and a 19-year old Kailer Yamamoto as his top-two right wingers for much of the season, showing just how dire the situation is. With Yamamoto sent back to junior hockey Monday, McLellan will have…


Where will the goals come from?

We’re 11 games into the 2017-18 season and the Edmonton Oilers are 3-7-1. Things haven’t gone the way fans had hoped. The Oilers went into the season touted as Stanley Cup contenders, but currently sit 31st in goals for, four behind 30th place Carolina. They need to score more goals, but where are they going…


What’s Wrong with the Oilers?

Two weeks in and things haven’t gone as planned for the Edmonton Oilers. While many pegged them as a Stanley Cup contender, they’ve stumbled after their shutout win against Calgary on opening night. What’s concerning about the Oilers and how much should fans worry? Is this just a slow start or a result of a…


Can the Oilers afford McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins long term?

The Edmonton Oilers cap situation gets serious next season. Connor McDavid’s mega-extension kicks in then, which will make him the league’s highest paid player at $12.5 million per year, and the Oilers will have roughly $13 million to sign 10 players, including Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, and Mark Letestu. Conventional thinking…


By the Numbers: Exactly how good are the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers have put their decade of embarrassment behind them and are on a new path of respectability. The Oilers are a good team now, but how good are they? Are they among the league’s contenders, or just a pretty good team who has a chance once they make the playoffs? This is a…


The Nation Notebook: Roster Cuts, St. Louis Injuries, and PTOs.

‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The regular season is just a few days away. Some 2017 draftees, including Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are on track to make their NHL rosters. Jaromir Jagr…


Finding the next Patrick Maroon

The Patrick Maroon trade is one of Peter Chiarelli’s best trades. It’s a unanimous win for Edmonton: they gave up very little (Martin Gernat and a fourth round pick), got Anaheim to retain salary, and received a player who’s played in their top-six for $1.5 million a year.