We’ve talked a little bit in the last few days about the Oilers’ 50-man list. What does it look like now? What should it look like going forward? Is it valid to worry about how much room there is on it, or is that a red herring?
Considering the amount of key goals he’s scored late in games representing his country, the Oilers and their fans must be salivating thinking about what Jordan Eberle could do if the Oilers ever make the NHL playoffs. Eberle hasn’t played a playoff game for his regular team since March of 2008.
The playoffs are underway in the American Hockey League, but the offensive leader–and most talented offensive player–is not on the roster. Edmonton and Oklahoma fans will say goodbye to Linus Omark over the summer, but we shouldn’t be surprised if he lands in another NHL city and thrives.
The conventional wisdom among some fans and media is that if Ryan Smyth wants to return as an Oiler, he’ll need to accept third-line minutes and third-line pay.
Alex Plante started this hockey season with some question marks. His progression had been slow, the organization had traded for a very similar prospect in Colten Teubert and Plante was hindered by foot speed issues. Alex Plante’s arrows were not headed in a good direction. What a difference a year makes.
Teemu Hartikainen posted another strong season in Oklahoma City and is now poised to take a run at NHL employment. Does Hartikainen score a lot of his AHL goals on the PP? Is he an EV monster? Do the young Barons have a penalty killer who drives the opponent crazy? Yes. Yes they do.
The Edmonton Oilers have some tough decisions to make this summer. Example: their 8 wingmen. Add up the NHL contracts, the solid prospects knocking on the door and the #1 overall pick and something’s gotta give.
Tomorrow the Oiler player will each have a final meeting with the coaching staff, pack their bags and then head their separate ways after another disappointing season. For some it will be their final time inside the Oiler dressing room as an Oiler, but who won’t be returning?
It’s been a long year on the ice. Some positives, some improvement and some hope for better days ahead. An increase in wins, in goal differential and another lottery ticket about to be punched. Perhaps the best news of all? Cap room. Lots and lots of cap room.
I’m not sure if what I saw on the ice at Rexall Place today was an exhibition of frustration or a sign there’s still some fight left in the Edmonton Oilers, or maybe both, but I didn’t mind the display of nastiness a bit.
For the second spring in a row, Teemu Hartikainen is impressing at the NHL level. Last spring, he played well enough after callup to be considered a strong option (at least by the fanbase) for 11-12. It was not to be. Will this fall be be different for Hartikainen? What does Oiler history tell us?
Clearly at this point of the season it would be better to finish 29th than 28th. The Oilers would draft higher, either 2nd, 3rd or 4th depending on the outcome of the lottery next Tuesday. The Oilers and Canadiens are tied with 73 points, but the Oilers own the tiebreaker due to more ROW (regulation…