GDB -3.0: Close to NHL lineups

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes will both dress rosters compiled mainly of NHL players tonight. Their rematch on Wednesday in Saskatoon will have less of an NHL flavour, but tonight fans going to the rink will watch the most NHL-ready lineups of the pre-season. The pace will be quicker, players will be stronger on…


At Random: The Little Guy

I still have my doubts rookie Kailer Yamamoto is ready for NHL primetime with the Edmonton Oilers, despite being one of the best storylines of pre-season (because he hasn’t looked the least bit out of place). I’ve seen enough, though, to know I want to see him get a crack against some actual NHL line-ups….


Monday Mailbag – Do pre-season records matter?

What have we here? A shiny new mailbag for a shiny new season. I hope all of you had excellent days off and that the punishment of your livers was kept in check or at least at a minimum. Since we’re all headed back to work this morning, I wanted to make sure that you…


Weekend Update, September 24 2017

The Edmonton Oilers are still in training camp, the Bakersfield Condors are still flying south and we’re several moons from having the entire hockey universe playing regular-season games. This week we saw several prospects being their seasons and there’s plenty of success among Edmonton’s up and comers. FILIP BERGLUND The young righty defender had a…


The Search for RW by October

There are times when following your favorite team forces you to invest your interest in things that are not appetizing. The old Montreal Expos once spent an entire spring training auditioning options at first base that reminded me of that old World of Oz (animated version) theme song. On the other hand, sometimes you luck…


Top 100 Oilers: Mark Messier (2)

Mark Messier isn’t the greatest player in the history of the NHL, but if you made a short list of the most complete players to ever lace their skates in the league, The Moose would be on it along with the great Gordie Howe, who set the bar as a hockey Frankenstein several generations before…


GDB -4.0 Wrap-up: Five in a row

The Oilers just keep on rolling. After five pre-season games, this team has five wins. Jesse Puljujarvi found the back of the net twice, Connor McDavid was Connor McDavid, Brad Malone made a name for himself, Cam Talbot was rock solid, the blueline made life very difficult for the Jets, and the Oilers earned themselves…


GDB -4.0: Oilers vs. J-e-t-s

These kids arrive from far away places in pursuit of a dream. As fans of the game, we cheer for all of them, develop our favorites and follow the day to day challenges along the way. Despite a great deal of certainty about the training camp result (the die is cast for 90 percent of…


Josh Leivo

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a spot of bother as it pertains to their roster this fall. Too many quality forwards is a good problem to have, but there are possible difficulties ahead for the team. One (or more) of the draft eligible forwards may be lost on waivers. No team wants to lose…