Weekend Update: November 19 2017

Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants is healthy and making a big impact early in the WHL season. He’s the big mover among Oilers prospects in an eventful week across the prospect universe. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (AHL) G Nick Ellis 9gp, 3.02 .905 (two games, stopped 45 of 52) G Ed Pasquale 6gp, 3.20 .893 (did not play…


Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

The major item today is a possible shakeup of the McDavid Line. Todd McLellan mentioned it as a possibility (via Reid Wilkins) and we’ll see. Jason Gregor wrote about exactly that yesterday. Edmonton has an early (EARLY) game today, perhaps the club will begin with the usual lines and then mix and match as the…


GDB 20.0: Weed, Whites and Wine (12pm MST, SNW)

The Edmonton Oilers fan base has experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows of the past decade in the calendar year 2017. A 103-point regular season, followed by a playoff series win against the San Jose Sharks and a seven-game thriller against the Anaheim Ducks. It seems like five years ago, it was in…


Weekend Update: November 12 2017

It was a total recall for Jesse Puljujarvi this week and once again he scored in his first game of the NHL season. Here’s hoping he doesn’t come out of the lineup until 2040. Big weeks for Tyler Benson, Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS G Nick Ellis 7gp, 2.85 .915 (one game, stopped 36…


Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals

Cam Talbot is back and that’s a big deal for the Edmonton Oilers. A year ago, the club rode Connor McDavid’s offense, Talbot’s goaltending and some brilliant power-play work to second place in the Pacific Division. This season sees us viewing a different story but Talbot’s performances are improving and that’s a very good sign….


GDB 17.0: The Nuge is out all Over Town! (5pm MST, SNW)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on pace to score 31 goals and 62 points this season, a fabulous spike in production for the classy two-way center. His role hasn’t changed—responsible defensively and cash when you can — but his usage has and that may be a key to his current success. The Oilers are going to need…


GDB 16.0: Live From Madison Square Garden (11am MST, SNW)

Madison Square Garden has seen some of the greatest performances on the planet since opening in 1879. Stones, Rangers, Knicks, Gretzky, Messier, the history of the place(s) is incredible. Amazing performances for home and away have been a hallmark of the sports franchises, with championships won for visiting teams, Knicks and Rangers. Cam Talbot has…


Weekend Update: November 5, 2017

It’s been a fascinating week for the prospects bubbling under for the Edmonton Oilers. Should the club decide to shuffle the roster before the eastern road trip, there are players pushing for an NHL opportunity—especially Ty Rattie. Let’s have a look at the prospects throughout the system.


Game Day Notes: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers

Timing is everything. The Edmonton Oilers entered training camp with question marks on right-wing and a passel of unproven players. Entering preseason, we discussed names like Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev and distant (but rising) bell Kailer Yamamoto. Luck, injury and early success allowed Yamamoto to win the day.


GDB 13.0: Detroit Diesel (2pm MST, SNW)

This fall for Edmonton Oilers fans has been a lot about frustration. Coming to grips with the fact general manager Peter Chiarelli has assessed this as a ‘growth year’ is difficult when the weather is fine, borderline impossible when the cold winds blow. The team itself has had tremendous difficulty in areas that had previously…


Weekend Update: October 29 2017

Vancouver Giants winger Tyler Benson (photo) is finally playing hockey and scored a goal in his first game back. During two weekend games, Benson had six and seven shots on goal. At the other end of the spectrum, the Bakersfield Condors were no match for the Stockton Heat, as the Calgary Flames’ farm club won…