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January 13th, 2021
Oilers Goaltending

After a disappointing exit in the qualification round against the 12th seeded Chicago Blackhawks this past season, questions in net started to hover for the Edmonton Oilers after the rough performances from goaltenders Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith. Going into the offseason, Edmonton was expected to make a change in net to bring in another goaltender to tandem with Mikko Koskinen. Anaheim Ducks' Rickard Rakell, right, of Sweden, moves the puck to score against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) However, after striking out on free agents such as Jacob Markstrom, the Oilers decided to bring Smith back for the 2020-21 season on a one-year deal. Barring an improvement in consistency from Koskinen, Edmonton should still be in the market for another goalie to pair with Mikko for the long term, and this article will cover three possible goaltenders that Edmonton could target to man the crease heading in the future. Antti Raanta, Arizona...
January 13th, 2021
Player Profiles

Edmonton Oilers fans finally have reason to cheer once again. The team is on the rise and would have more than likely earned a spot in the 2020 playoffs had the regular season played out. They are becoming a more intriguing market to free agents, as defenceman Tyson Barrie reportedly turned down longer term and more dollars to sign a one-year deal with them. And, most excitingly, they have arguably the two best players on the entire planet in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Tyson Barrie, former Toronto Maple Leaf (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Having optimism regarding this team is a breath of fresh air for Oilers fans, as there was over a decade of struggles, which included finishing near or at the bottom of league standings, and resulted in four first overall picks in six years. Looking back on the Oilers' rosters during those times, you will find players who you may not recognize the names of, many of whom had very brief NHL careers and are either back in the AHL or...
January 13th, 2021
Oilers History

This date in National Hockey League history is jammed packed with so many all-time greats that even one of the biggest baseball legends made an appearance on the ice. Fans in New York and Edmonton had plenty to cheer about, one of the most dangerous lines in league history was put together for the first time and an elite goal-scorer picked up his first career hat trick. Let’s buckle into our hockey time machine and begin our daily trip throughout the years. Messier’s Big Date Mark Messier had plenty of big moments during his Hall of Fame career and three of them happened on this date, with two different teams. On Jan. 13, 1991, Messier had three third-period assists, in the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-3 road win at the Philadelphia Flyers, to give him 1,000 career points. His first assist of the night helped set up another personal milestone; Glenn Anderson’s 400th NHL goal. Messier had three big nights on this date. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Two...
January 12th, 2021
Edmonton Oilers

Although the NHL’s 2020-21 regular season is almost here, not much about this season will be “regular.” Still, for NHL fans, teams will be facing off against each other and hockey’s best players will be trying to shoot pucks past goalies, who will be trying to keep those pucks from finding the back of the net. Related: Connor McDavid Predicts Jesse Puljujarvi Will Be Huge for the Oilers Hockey really is a beautiful game, and the 2020-21 NHL season will undoubtedly produce some amazing highlights and memories. That the season will be played in a context of a world filled with almost overwhelming difficulties might make this unique 2020-21 season even more of a gift – something normal in a world where few things currently seem normal at all. If the beginning of the NHL season weren’t happening in the midst of a global pandemic that’s claiming human lives every day, there would be something even more celebratory about the entire experience. Opening day is...

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Oilers History: The Paul Coffey Effect

Unless you were fortunate enough to be around to witness Paul Coffey play during his prime, it is unlikely you can comprehend how important he was to the success of the Edmonton Oilers. Anyone can look at his stat line and be impressed by the eye-popping totals. However, those numbers do... December 13th, 2020

History Shows Oilers Just Can't Draft Goaltenders

This article was originally posted in July, 2016. The Edmonton Oilers aren't good at drafting, shocking. One of the most commonly known things out there in hockey is how purely awful the Oilers are at the draft. It's a key reason why this franchise has been mediocre at its best and putrid at... August 15th, 2017

Facing Off: Oilers Roundtable Talking Entry Draft, Prospects

Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this... April 17th, 2017