This past weekend my team was on a two game, three day road trip. A long one by Swedish standards. We had a total of about fourteen hours on the old iron lung.
Phil Cornet was a depth draft selection in 2008, turned pro in 2010 and posted what can only be described as a "pedestrian" AHL rookie season at age 20. Today he’s an AHL all-star and a candidate for future NHL employment, Why all the fuss? Goals.
This Oilers season is about returns and arrivials, and increasingly about the future. For management, huge decisions are on the horizon that will change the face of the franchise.
The 2011 calendar year has not been a great one for the Oilers or their fans. The Oilers only won 28 of the 82 games they’ve played so far, so the best part of today’s early morning tilt (MST time) is that it will end a dreadful "year" of Oilers hockey. They went 28-46-8 over […]
Lots of WJC talk this week on NationRadio with the annual tournament right around the corner. Among the other topics this week is Magnus Paajarvi being sent from the Oilers to their AHL affiliate, the 2011-12 Boston Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and OKC Barons. This is NationRadio.
One thing Oiler history can tell us this morning: growing pains are real. This weekend has been full of signs about the future–Magnus Paajarvi sent down, the spectacular Eberle and the impact players in waiting Hall and RNH. Some signs are so good it’s enough to make you giddy, and others remind us of just […]
For a guy who many predicted would have trouble even hitting double-digits for an encore to the career-high 18 goals he scored for the Edmonton Oilers last season, ham-and-egger Ryan Jones is doing an awfully good job of showing up his critics.
Last week, we looked at the even-strength scoring chances for and against while individual Oilers defensemen were on the ice; today, we’ll do the same for the forwards. The results, for the most part, match well with consensus opinion on the players involved.
Absolutely no peeking. This is serious business. The quarterly report cards are in and we need to be very sensitive about how word gets out. So, open this but please don’t gossip about the contents inside. We want to make sure everyone gets their marks in the proper manner.
We used to see the MacBlender almost every second game, but tonight is the first time we’ll see the Render, as Tom Renney hit BLEND and HIGH for the first time and came up with some new line combinations in the hope his offence can get out of neutral.
In the storied history of the Edmonton Oilers, few trades have turned out better than Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick for Ryan Smyth. Hell, I’m not even certain there IS a 7th round! I’m not sure it’s the biggest trade in Oiler history, but it’s the longest and that’s for sure.
David Staples caused a little conversation today with his recent article "Ryan Smyth rocks it on the road, while Nugent-Hopkins drops it." I’m thrilled at the title, which is at least as long as some of mine. As for the idea behind it, well what is reasonable? What should we be expecting after 17 games?