It’s opening night for the Oklahoma City Barons, and there are some new prospects about to enter the pro game. The Oilers 2014-15 crop of AHL rookies includes Bogdan Yakimov, Dillon Simpson, Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen.
Vladimir Tkachev picked up two assists last night, and instantly his hype reached unhealthy levels. Have Oilers fans not learned from the past? I recall many fans and some media blaming Craig MacTavish for holding Rob Schremp back. The Oilers also held back Linus Omark in the eyes of many. In both cases the players […]
Rookie games are dicey things to take impressions away from. The usual problem of sample size is there, plus the fact that the talent level of the tournament is pretty low relative even to exhibition games. The players are coming in after long and varied summers and often have very limited knowledge of their teammates. […]
With training camp fast approaching, the excitement is starting to flood through the Nation. The schedule is out, rosters are being debated, rookie camp is set to go, and there’s finally news to talk about after a long summer drought. As such, all this NHL activity has got me to thinking. Today, I take a look […]
News broke yesterday that the NHL could be expanding by two teams, possibly as early as 2015. Gary Bettman downplayed the news and said the NHL currently has no plans, which is classic Bettman denial and likely sadly means the reports are probably true. For the sake of hockey fans, specifically Canadian hockey fans, I hope the […]
A year ago, I wrote “I don’t think we’ll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season” which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I’ve got it […]
The Edmonton Oilers are predictable when it comes to their roster spots—so predictable that we can surround the opening night lineup with very little trouble. It’s been years since an actual surprise emerged and won a job during the pre-season, and it’s extremely unlikely to happen this season.
For many years, the Edmonton Oilers did not have an AHL affiliate under their exclusive control. The team started to correct that in the late 2000’s with the Springfield Falcons, a team that was uniformly terrible under their watch. Since then, the Oilers have moved on to the Oklahoma City Barons, a much more successful […]
The Oklahoma City Barons will have a different look next season, as the Edmonton Oilers spent the last nine months making decisions on several hopefuls. The team will need to add replacements and make room for the new pro prospects, making for some very interesting times. The fun is already underway, let’s have a look.
Once again, it’s the Nation’s favourite time of the week as the writers take a look at your questions and answer them to the best of their ability. As always, this is driven by you guys. If you’ve got a question, you can email it to me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter […]
Yesterday, we had a look at Craig MacTavish’s roster exits. Today, we look at what he brought in to change the team’s fortunes.
The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that’s not going to slow down this spring. Here’s a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.