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…


Kids on the penalty kill

In 2011-12, for the first time in four seasons, the Edmonton Oilers had a relatively successful penalty kill. After being marooned in the league basement while down a man in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Oilers managed to finish above league average, killing 82.4 percent of penalties against. Naturally, the only logical question to ask…


Ten Points: Horcoff, Petrell, Landeskog, and around the league

1. Buying out Horcoff. If there’s an amnesty clause to kick off the next CBA, and particularly if the 2012-13 season is shortened or lost, I have almost no doubt that Shawn Horcoff will be bought out by the Oilers. In actual dollars, he’ll make $6 million in 2012-13, but he’s only going to make…


Blast From The Past

Cleaning out my office the other day, I stumbled upon an old copy of The Hockey News – the publication’s 2002 Draft Preview edition. It didn’t take much reading to see that NHL hockey in Edmonton had changed dramatically over the decade since it came out.


Theo Peckham: What Does The Future Hold?

Theo Peckham was one of the pleasant surprises of 2010-11. The long-time prospect finally established himself at the NHL level after two previous cameos, and got serious minutes on a terrible team – typically as Tom Gilbert’s partner. His physical play was the headline addition, but for a rookie tossed into tough minutes, he didn’t…



Prevailing wisdom has championship teams building ‘up the middle.’ For the Edmonton Oilers, luck and circumstance have dictated adding wingmen of high quality. Can this group send the Edmonton Oilers to infinity and beyond?



They arrive in our city from exotic places like Toronto, Regina, Norrkoping, Burnaby and Ann Arbour. They don’t yet shave, and we don’t yet have our favorites. Eventually, they find a way into the hearts of Oilers Nation and we begin the process with a new batch every fall. What will this fall bring us?…



The truth is we don’t know much about John McCarron. The Edmonton Oilers liked him, and he’s a big winger who had some nice things going on later in Cornell’s season. Let’s see if we can cobble together something on Edmonton’s latest prospect.



When July began I complimented Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini for doing some nice work, mostly of the housekeeping variety, this off-season but suggested there was more to do. As August approaches, we’re still waiting on that.



One of the ongoing mysteries surrounding the Edmonton Oilers is the ‘elevator shaft’ 4th line. A tough 11-12 season should have been followed by a mass exodus for the offending parties. So, with all due respect, what the hell?


The Odd Men Out: Who Are They?

By my count, the Edmonton Oilers have 17 forwards and eight defenseman (along with a pair of goaltenders) with a pretty decent shot at making an NHL lineup on opening night. Given that an NHL roster is only 23 men deep, who stays and who goes?