How important is AHL success to the NHL team?

As the Edmonton Oilers find themselves near the bottom of the standings, their AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, find themselves in a similar position. Through 48 games, the Condors are 20-20-8, which has them sitting in dead last in the Pacific Division. The Condors haven’t had the benefit of seeing NHL first-round picks roll through…


A step back

Enough with the consolation prizes. All that really matters is wins and losses. If I heard that once from fans of the Edmonton Oilers during the decade of futility leading up to a long-awaited return to the playoffs last spring, I heard it 1,000 times. As a bottom line it is, of course, true. Except…


Finding positives down the stretch

It’s a time of the year that we’re all too familiar with as Oilers fans: the final twenty-some odd games with any hopes of playoffs gone and the team seemingly having nothing to play for. The wins and losses over this final stretch are meaningless. There won’t be much to cheer for, but these games…


Three Thoughts: The vote

So, it would appear Peter Chiarelli, Edmonton Oilers’ GM and president of hockey operations, is the man boss Bob Nicholson feels comfortable moving forward with despite what’s been a desperately disappointing 2017-18 season. At least that’s my takeaway from Chiarelli’s interview on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown a couple of days ago.


Can Patrick Maroon return a first-round pick?

The trade deadline is fun for fans of both good and bad teams. Good teams load up and trade assets to try and win, while bad teams sell off their pending free agents and look towards next year. The Oilers fall in the latter, and that could be very lucrative according to TSN’s panel of…


The Edmonton Oilers seriously lack forward prospects

Part of a disappointing season means calling up NHL-ready prospects to see if they can fill roles. What makes a disappointing season even worse is when there’s nothing of substance to call up. Jesse Puljujarvi’s already in Edmonton. After the Oilers’ 2016 first-round pick, there’s no one in a veteran-filled Bakersfield team.


Lucic discusses his slump

Milan Lucic spoke candidly for 14 minutes about his recent slump. Mark Spector, Jim Matheson and I asked him poignantly about his 19-game drought, playmaking and how he plans to adjust to the always increasing speed of the game.


The Oilers and early goals: The bad, the bad, and the ugly

Heading into San Jose on February 10th, the Oilers knew a few things: After two losses in Disneywood, the Oilers needed a win. Given these are the teams the Oilers are chasing for an unlikely post-season spot, they had to salvage at least a few points to keep the California trip from being an utter…


Don’t Fight Destiny: Tank

I’ve been fighting it for a while, but sometime between the sixth and seventh goals against the Panthers it hit me like a bolt of lightning sent down from heavens: I’m ready for this tank.


How can the Oilers create cap space for 2018-19?

The cap crunch is coming. The Edmonton Oilers currently have nearly $8 million in cap space, according to NHLNumbers. Some will cover Connor McDavid’s entry-level bonuses, but the real concern is when McDavid’s eight-year, $100 million extension kicks in next season and his cap hit jumps to $12.5 million.