The Wild Card

A few weeks ago Jesperi Kotkaniemi would have been described as the true wild card in this years top ten. As we’ve moved closer to the draft that I think that label now belongs to Swedish blueliner Adam Boqvist.


Draft Targets

The Oilers will have six picks in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft. I decided to spend my Wednesday night in Dallas going through the draft rankings and identifying a couple of guys the Oilers should target with each pick. Don’t feel bad for me though, it’s super humid in Dallas and Tombstone is on AMC….


Chiarelli Expectations

What’s up Nation! Draft correspondent Dustin Nielson here on my way down to Dallas to cover the draft for the Nation. Starting on Thursday morning I will have daily videos and multiple articles documenting the Oilers trip to the 2018 NHL Draft.


Oilers Pre-Draft Top Ten Prospects

As the Oilers get set to add another group of prospects to their ever improving stable of youngsters it’s time to take a look at what they currently have stocked in the cupboard. The Chiarelli management team has actually done a pretty good job refuelling the pipeline over the last three seasons. I’d have confidence…


The Nielson Ratings – Early Off-Season Review

The next three weeks will be extremely busy for Peter Chiarelli and his staff. Prepping for the entry draft, working on new contracts for restricted free agents and carefully navigating a possible Lucic trade will provide the management team with a full plate. Before we get to the busy and most important time of the…


The Plan for Milan

Since this time last week, it has become pretty clear the Oilers are shopping Milan Lucic and more importantly, Lucic is all right with it, more than all right with it. Is now the right time to move Lucic? No. Whether you are a fan of Lucic or not I think we can all agree…


Mock Draft 2.0 – Post Combine Edition

With both the draft lottery and draft combine now behind us it’s officially mock draft season. The combine is a great opportunity for both teams and media to get a closer look at these teenagers but I’m not sure it really changes much. Rasmus Dahlin is still going to go first. Andrei Svechnikov is still…


Cup Final UFA Radar

As you watch the highly entertaining back and forth play in this year’s Stanley Cup Final you are probably thinking one thing. How can the Oilers get some of these guys? By my count, there are eight soon to be UFA’s that have played so far in the series. The majority of the players who…


The Bargain Bin

If Peter Chiarelli is going to have a successful off-season he’s going to have to hit on one or two value contracts. He may have received a little bit of good news on Monday when Bill Daly said the 18-19 salary cap could be anywhere from $78-82 million dollars.  I think most people, myself included,…


John Tavares in Five Easy Steps

In the real world, the Oilers aren’t in the mix for John Tavares. In the real world, the Oilers don’t need John Tavares. In the real world, the Oilers cap situation would never allow them to pay John Tavares.  The good news is that this isn’t the real world, this a blog, where I can…


Draisaitl’s Wingman

If Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are a destined to start together next year who or what does that leave for Leon Draisaitl? Let’s take Ty Rattie off the list of options as I assume, even though I don’t agree with it, he will get the first crack with McNuge. Here is the major issue…


The Five Stages of Joel Persson

I was driving into work on a cloudy Wednesday morning when I first saw the tweet. Sounds like Oilers may have locked up Swedish Defenceman Joel Perrson. 24 year old right shot from the Vaxjo Lakers. https://t.co/mrjtjCGTsh — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) May 16, 2018 I finished ordering a sausage breakfast wrap from Timmies and then…