The Edmonton Oilers Forward Depth

How many forwards does the average NHL team need in a season? Which prospects in the system have the best chance of being called up? Do the Oilers have enough quality guys in their minor-league system, or is it something they need to strengthen?



People actually play underwater hockey. The best part is they wrap duct tape on their hand to avoid cuts/scratches on their knuckles while "stickhandling" on the floor of the pool. The game includes playing against/with women in swimsuits and you get to duct tape your hand; how is Wanye not a regular in the pool? […]



Theo Peckham needs to play, and yesterday he made the decision to suit up for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. With the NHL and NHLPA finally meeting again there is a glimmer of hope that the NHL might be playing by December 1st, and if that’s the case, Peckham needed to play some […]


It’s a good time to be Teemu Hartikainen

In yesterday’s AHL grades piece, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about Teemu Hartikainen. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t optimistic about his NHL future – far from it. In fact, he’s done as much to cement a shot at an NHL job when this lockout ends as anyone on the team not named Justin Schultz.


Best of the Nation – 11.4.12

Photo: S.Yume/CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia After the jump: 20-ish articles covering a range of subjects. Which player overseas has had the most impressive performance so far? Why is the CHLPA imploding? Who were the best free agent signings of the last CBA? Zack Kassian or Cody Hodgson? Perhaps most importantly: who is Roberto Luongo mocking with […]


Ten Points: Talking Actual Hockey

The NHL isn’t in session, and we’ve talked about it to death. Plenty of guys are actually playing hockey, though, so nine of the following ten points will focus on action in the AHL and overseas.



Another weekend without the NHL and many of you have continued to go on living. Crazy, I know, but it seems the NHL is more interested/concerned about the Winter Classic than actually negotiating you should get used to no-NHL weekends. There is however lots of hockey related and other sports topics to discuss.



Nail Yakupov made his pro debut in what might be the best league on the planet today, as the Oilers prospects continue to kick off their 12-13 seasons and possibly settle in with the teams they’ll play for this year.


The market for defencemen

Bryan Allen (Photo: Benjamin Reed/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0) The 2012 crop of free agent defenceman was decidedly weak. That weakness hurt a number of teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, since there was more need for help on the blue line than there were candidates to fill the role. With the signing of Michal Rozsival and Carlo […]


On Rebuilding, Part Nine: The Edmonton Oilers

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris’ series on rebuilds continues with the Edmonton Oilers. Get comfortable because this is a long one. Before we get into the details, let’s set the stage a bit: Edmonton blew their team up, nuclear-style, and deliberately iced a bad team in order to get high picks. They have been […]