While the first month of Edmonton’s season has been fantastic, there’s no doubt that the team is going to need a little bit of help in order to earn a playoff spot in the competitive Pacific Division.
The Oilers are off to an excellent 8-2-1 start to the season, but a key issue from the past continues to persist. The team is relying almost entirely on their top players for offence while virtually nothing is coming from the depth forwards.
The Oilers have had a better start to the 2019-20 season than anybody imagined. Many of us were cautiously optimistic heading into the season, but this 5-0 start wasn’t on anybody’s radar.
The Oilers were dealt a significant blow on Thursday when it was announced that Adam Larsson would miss six-to-eight weeks of play due to a broken foot. The excitement and optimism that stemmed from Wednesday’s season-opening win against Vancouver quickly turned to subtle anxiety.
The NHL season is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? It’s time to get bold. Let’s make some predictions.
Prior to yesterday’s game, the Oilers made a big round of cuts, placing four players on waivers and sending nine others directly down to AHL Bakersfield. With the beginning of the regular season under two weeks away, we’re starting to get a good idea of what the Oilers’ opening night roster will look like.
The Oilers took to the ice on Friday to officially begin training camp. On Monday, they’ll play their first game of the pre-season against the Winnipeg Jets. Hockey is officially back. Last week, I took a look at the group of forwards who will be competing for roster spots and playing time on the Oilers…
The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour, and there are actual, tangible Oilers-related conversations to be had. Hockey season is right around the corner. With training camp and pre-season games getting started soon, I’m going to be taking a look at what roster the Oilers will be rolling with into the regular…
One of the nicest bright spots for the Oilers last season was the surprising breakout of Alex Chiasson. Peter Chiarelli backed himself into a corner with horrendous salary cap management but was able to find a diamond in the rough in Chiasson, who, on a league-minimum salary, exploded for a career-high 22 goals in 2018-19.
The Derick Brassard era in Edmonton was short-lived. Former Oiler Georges Laraque came on Twitter and said the Oilers had inked the veteran centre to a one-year deal, but it was a false alarm and he ended up signing with the New York Islanders instead.
As Robin Brownlee wrote yesterday, there’s a rumour going around that Taylor Hall might be open to a reunion with the Edmonton Oilers. Everyone knows that “Tracy Lane” and “her” “source” “Garfield” are questionable at best, but let’s talk about whether or not a Taylor Hall Redemption Tour makes any sense.
Nikita Gusev, arguably the best player playing outside of the NHL the past few seasons, is finally coming to North America. The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t fit him under the cap so they sent him to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a couple of draft picks.