Moving Down?

Ken Holland will have a number of options with the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft. If I had to rank them from most likely to least likely right now it would probably go like this: Keep the pick and draft the best player available, preferably a forward. Trade down and pick up an…


2019 NHL Draft: Top 31

This is one of my favourite pieces to put together every year and it has been for a long, long, long time. I started covering draft prospects for Hockey’s Future back in 1999 when I was 18-years old. In one way or the other, I’ve been writing about the NHL draft for the last 20…


Landing Spots for Jesse

If anyone in this market is qualified to write about Jesse Puljujarvi leaving, it’s me, because it breaks my heart. He is the hill that I decided to die on after he scored 13 goals, seeing limited ice-time, as a 19-year old during the 17-18 season.


MOCK DRAFT 3.0 – Combine Week Edition

As most of the top prospects gather for the draft combine it’s time for Mock Draft 3.0. Kaapo Kakko certainly performed well enough at the World Hockey Championships to warrant being the first overall pick and as much as I’d love to have him in that spot, I still can’t do it.


Nielson’s Ten Tidbits on the Tippett Press Conference

The worst kept secret in town was confirmed on Tuesday as POHO Ken Holland formally introduced Dave Tippett as the new head coach of the Oilers. I was at the press conference and there are a number of things I want to quickly hit on from Tippett’s debut availability in Edmonton.


The Wish List

It’s time! The Wish List is here to keep tabs on whom the Oilers should be targeting in both reality and maybe a little bit of a fantasy land as well. I’m going ten players deep on the initial installment of the Wish List, and the players will be ranked on a combination of the…


Offence Under Tippett

Dollars and cents, or should I say sense, are the only things standing between Ken Holland getting his new head coach. Dave Tippett is clearly the man he wants and TSN’s Darren Dreger told me on The Nielson Show this morning that he believes Holland and Tippett are meeting in British Columbia today to try…


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.


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.



Dmitri Samorukov is a rare breed for the Edmonton Oilers. He’s a player drafted outside of the top two rounds that appears to be skyrocketing towards the National Hockey League.


Mr. Holland’s Coaches

At some point this week, the Edmonton Oilers are expected to make the hiring of Ken Holland official. It will be interesting to see how long Holland will take to name a head coach. If he doesn’t already have a coach in place I’m sure it won’t take long for a manager with his experience…


The Endgame

When it comes to the Oilers GM gig, I think we are now in the Endgame, or at least it seems that way. It started with a tweet from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug on Friday.