PTO The Way To Go

As everyone waits with bated breath to see what the number is going to be on a Darnell Nurse deal I’m going to take a look at what happens once that deal is in place. Most people still think the Oilers will sign another depth forward, likely to a league minimum deal, prior to training…


Goalie Depth Update Part 2: Rodrigue, Hawkey, Starrett

There was a bit of shuffling in the Oilers crease this offseason, with highly-touted Finish free agent Mikko Koskinen signing out of the KHL to solidify the No. 2 spot while hopefully providing a competitive push to Cam Talbot. The team has also added to its depth pool of goaltenders via draft and trade over…


Oilers on the Wing: Not much experience but plenty of opportunity

Looking at the Oilers depth chart as it stands right now, it’s not hard not to notice that they’ll likely be starting the season with a major lack of experience on the wings. That said, there are some intriguing prospects that will be fighting for jobs and that opportunity is going to show where they…


Saturday Sunshine: La Bouche

Last week’s McDavid sunshine was so bright that it’s still shining on but the positivity never stops on Saturday at the Nation and today is no different. For a list of all the guys we’ve covered in Saturday Sunshine scroll on down to the bottom of this list but for now, sit back and hit…


Top of Mind

The way I see it, there’s no way the Edmonton Oilers have room for more than one rookie defenceman on their roster this coming season. If there is one, I’d be willing to bet his initials are E.B. The question is, will it be Ethan Bear or Evan Bouchard? We obviously don’t have that answer…


20 in 20: A Line Combination Extravaganza

So when you hop online looking for your Oilers fix in late July what are you hoping to find? Don’t worry, I know what you need. I have what you need. Over the next 20 days, I will dish out 20 possible line combinations for the Oilers when they drop the puck at the beginning…


High/Low: The Bottom Six Wingers

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over the…


Bouchard’s Bonus Structure

Evan Bouchard signed his first NHL contract yesterday. It was the standard three-year entry-level contract with a $925,000 base, which is the norm for first round picks. However, the bonus structure of his deal is interesting and suggests the Oilers believe he has a pretty good chance to make their team.


Who needs to rebound for the Oilers to make the playoffs?

It’s the middle of July, so the Edmonton Oilers roster is pretty much set. Barring an unlikely trade or signing, this is the roster the Oilers are going into the 2018-19 season with. It’s a risky plan. They’ll need many players to return to previous levels and hope an extremely green right wing produces. A…