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Time for Chiarelli to Feel Some Heat

Time for Chiarelli to Feel Some Heat

November 19th, 2017 With roughly 25% of their 2017-18 season now in the books, it is clear there is something wrong with the Edmonton Oilers and contrary to popular opinion, it is not all on the players. No question the collective could be performing better but there does appear to be a taboo topic of sorts in my neck...
Next Eight Could Make or Break Oilers Season

Next Eight Could Make or Break Oilers Season

November 16th, 2017 Over the course of an 82-game schedule, it is not uncommon for both experts and fans alike to go on at great length about a stretch of games being the “make or break” point of a struggling team’s campaign. Though most tend to be accurate to an extent, it is not impossible for a red-hot team...

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November 11th, 2017
Edmonton Oilers

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers had more than a few obstacles to overcome, most notably the extended absence of defenceman Andrej Sekera due to off-season knee surgery. However, what has been a rather unpleasant surprise is the addition of fellow blueliner Oscar Klefbom to said list with what can only be described as an awful start to his campaign.After taking a substantial step forward in his development in 2016-17, it seemed only natural for the talented Swede to continue his progression towards becoming a true No. 1 defenceman. Unfortunately, things do not always go in a straight line and that has been the case for Klefbom through Edmonton’s first 13 games. With that said, the tide does seem to be turning when it comes to the 24-year old rearguard. Klefbom Hasn't Been Good But... Despite the club’s continued struggles with consistency, Klefbom has managed to string together three consecutive solid performances following what was easily his...
November 11th, 2017
Oilers Goaltending

Over the course of an 82-game NHL season, the numbers an individual player or team produce tends to work itself out. However, on occasion, there will be those anomalies that don’t seem to add up. Though it is still earlier in the year, Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot is building a stat line that could lead to his 2017-18 campaign finishing up with numbers that could leave many scratching their heads.Going into this afternoon’s tilt against his former club, the 30-year old has started 14 of his club’s 15 games and posted completely different numbers on the road, compared to those in the “friendly confines” of good ol’ Rogers Place. What is so peculiar about this particular situation, is that Talbot’s totals are much worse on home ice...it is rather perplexing. Talbot Splits Have Been Drastic In most cases, when a player has a drastically different home-to-road split, it is usually the former which will spike in a positive direction…especially when it...
November 9th, 2017
New Jersey Devils

It has been almost a year and a half since the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey pulled the trigger on the blockbuster deal that saw Taylor Hall and Adam Larsson swap organizations. At the time, the move seemed a rather puzzling one from an Oilers standpoint but after the club put together a surprising campaign in 2016-17, public opinion on the trade seemingly shifted in the minds of many across Oil Country.Funny what a decade full of disappointment can lead people to believe. Confusing short-term team success with what should be considered an acceptable return when moving a team’s most valuable trade chip is no way to evaluate a deal. Last season’s run to the post-season was pretty darn special for fans of the Orange and Blue but that does not change the fact the Devils won this deal...in a landslide. The Shift in Oil Country With all due respect to Larsson, a No. 3 defenceman with little to no offensive upside to his game is simply not worth one of a handful of wingers in...
November 9th, 2017
Edmonton Oilers

Things might not be running so smoothly for the Edmonton Oilers, but their minor league affiliate is starting to enjoy some success. The Bakersfield Condors are on a 2-0-1 run in their last three games. They've picked up five of a possible six points and moved into fourth place in the AHL's Pacific Division. Under head coach Gerry Fleming, the Condors are the least penalized team in the division with just 105 minutes in the box.The most significant contributor to Bakersfield's current streak is their offense - the Condors have scored 11 goals in their last three games, scoring five goals twice in that stretch. Ty Rattie has started to come on recently as well - the 24-year-old now leads the Condors in scoring with nine points in ten games. He also leads the way with a team-high six goals.In this week's Condors Report, we take a look at all the moves, hot streaks, and another update on Jesse Puljujarvi. More importantly with the Oilers struggling to score goals, is there a...

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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 not tell... November 4th, 2017

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