Having made a decent living for 28 years by asking questions, many of them less-than-brilliant, I’ve got a whole bunch of them rattling around my oversized cranium regarding the Edmonton Oilers in the wake of that hideous 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday.


Sleepless Night UPDATED

Early tomorrow morning, the final cuts for Team Canada’s world junior team will get a phonecall. The merciful coaching staff make the cuts early so the kids can hit the airport and (hopefully) avoid the media. Two Edmonton Oiler prospects played tonight (against a team of CIS All-Stars) and will be watching late night television, counting…



The Oilers wrap up their November schedule with a date in Canada’s capital city. The Oilers are 3-8-2 in November and have been outscored 55-27 so far this month. The Oilers haven’t won in Ottawa since March 14th, 2002 when Anson Carter, Mike Comrie, Rem "The Gem" Murray and Brian Swanson scored in a 4-1…


Down Day for the Department of Youth

As a parent I have often stood in stunned silence while observing my children on life’s learning curve. The boy riding cardboard down the stairs, firing heavy items at his sister one Saturday morning with the classic line "don’t move, I think I can hit you this time" (poor little girl, when I got to her she…


Track Record

The Edmonton Oilers have been out of balance since TC 2006-07. In fact, the one time in the last ten years that the team boasted a veteran goalie, quality top 6 blue with a range of skills and a strong group at forward the team made the SCF’s. If they know the template, why can’t they…


Horcoff and Die

The first time I noticed Shawn Horcoff, a pretty pass was zipping through the slot in a fall 2000 scrimmage. The intended target didn’t get the pass, as his stick had been raised by his shadow; the two skaters faded from the scene, the puck safely out of harm’s way. The shadow? Shawn Horcoff. His mark…



It’s quite possible that the Oilers will name Shawn Horcoff as C13 – the 13th Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s all listen to a Star Trek: TNG Techno remix of Patrick Stewart saying "Captain" and ponder if this is a good idea shall we?


A Look Back At The 2009-10 Preseason

Every year, fans starved for high quality hockey flock to the NHL preseason. Coaches and managers watch the games, and the performance of individual players can have a big impact on whether or not they start in the minors or on the big league roster. And to be fair, it’s a fun exercise. The reality,…



A good way to track prospects progress is to take note of their arrows. Good arrows, bad arrows, they all count. Jani Rita’s WJ goal, his first season in the AHL–those are good arrows. Any comment made by Craig MacTavish about Jani Rita? Down arrow. It’s been years–over a decade–since the Edmonton Oilers had so many up arrows. It is…

Hall, Paajarvi, Eberle and the Big League

With all the focus on Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, and of course Taylor Hall at this year’s training camp, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about whether it might be a good thing for one (or more) of start the season in Oklahoma City.



It is one of our favourite days here at the OilersNation. The day where we all go out on a limb and declare our Star for the upcoming season.


Brand New Day (2010 TC Roster)

The Edmonton Oilers have not yet released their training camp roster. Steve Tambellini told the media that 64 men will be in camp. The list is about the same as last years (63), very young, full of tall trees (especially on the blue) and flush with boys from the Western league. This is a list you might want…