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Dmitri Samorukov Discusses WJC & Oilers

Dmitri Samorukov Discusses WJC & Oilers

January 19th, 2018 Dmitri Samorukov has been one of the best players for his team in a disappointing WJC for Team Russia. The Edmonton Oilers prospect scored only one point but looked solid throughout the tournament. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the Russian website allhockey.ru, Dmitri...
The Oilers Need a Scorer, But Who?

The Oilers Need a Scorer, But Who?

January 18th, 2018 If you were to look at the Edmonton Oilers' playoff chances right now, you'd have to admit they're bleak. A rough start to the year has them sitting 13th in the Western Conference with a 20-23-3 record. With 36 games to go and a ten point gap between them and a playoff berth, things are dire in...

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January 8th, 2018
Oilers Prospects

With the 2018 World Junior Championships (WJC) now over, it's time to reflect. The Edmonton Oilers had four players participate, highlighted by Kailer Yamamoto earning a bronze medal. Ironically, Yamamoto's medal came at the expense of fellow Oilers prospect Ostap Safin and the Czech Republic. Dmitri Samorukov (Russia) and Aapeli Rasanen (Finland) played on squads that finished fifth and sixth in the tournament respectively. Statistically speaking, Rasanen, a sixth-round pick in 2016, may have had the best tournament. The 19-year-old posted four goals in five games as Finland went 2-2-1 through the tournament. Oilers Prospect Scoring at 2018 WJC Player Team GP G A PTS +/- Aapeli Rasanen Finland 5 4 0 4 +1 Kailer Yamamoto USA 7 2 2 4 +3 Ostap Safin Czech Rep. 7 1 2 3 +1 Dmitri Samorukov Russia 7 0 1 1 -3 The above stats are courtesy of our friends over at Edmonton Prospect Watch on Twitter, and they're an...
January 8th, 2018
Trade Deadline

The Edmonton Oilers have more questions than answers right now as the team's struggles continue into January. Heading into a weekend where four points were on the line, Edmonton came up empty-handed. They find themselves inching further outside the playoff picture and are now eight points out. It's now looking like it could take at least 94 points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Unfortunately, Edmonton is on pace for a dismal 74 points, and the likelihood of being a playoff team is quickly fading away. For the Oilers to make the playoffs they'll need a miracle and pick up 55 points in their final 39 games. For quick reference that's close to a 27-12-1 record the rest of the season or a .705 winning percentage. Only the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights are playing better than .700 hockey this season, so you know it's a tough task. For Oiler historians, this team hasn't been in back-to-back playoffs since 1999-00 and 2000-01. The present-day...
January 7th, 2018
Rumors

Saturday's episode of Headlines provided a lot of information when it comes to a few players in the NHL and their futures with their respective clubs. From what is happening with James Neal in Vegas to Jaromir Jagr's not really working in Calgary, there is a lot bubbling behind the scenes and sooner than later, that bubble might burst. In other news, the John Tavares situation is getting more complicated as the Islanders struggle and there is speculation that the Oilers continued roll to the bottom of the NHL standings could cost someone their job. Vegas to Re-Sign James Neal Nick Kypreos reported that there haven’t been any contract extension negotiations between the Vegas Golden Knights and pending UFA James Neal. That doesn't mean there won't be. The Golden Knights do want to keep Neal and would consider a four or five-year deal. At 31 years of age, to think that Neal would get a seven-year deal from an NHL team might be a stretch but five years at $6-$7 million is...
January 7th, 2018
Edmonton Oilers

Hockey fans are an interesting bunch. Perhaps it is due to the fact the sport is played at such high speeds and often includes a physical aspect but whenever a team goes through tough a stretch it is almost a guarantee the cry we hear from the masses revolves around an apparent lack of effort from players. Not surprisingly, this has become an all too familiar theme when it comes to the 2017-18 Edmonton Oilers. https://twitter.com/NewWaveOil/status/949743650182975488 Quitters, lazy, heartless, gutless, no-shows, unwilling to work are among some of the words we have heard on countless occasions used from frustrated Oilers fans and confused media types when trying to describe Todd McLellan’s crew this season. On the surface, it may seem as if said assessment were somewhat reasonable and relatively accurate but in the reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Oilers Are Like Any Other Team Hate to be the one to burst the lazy narrative bubble but a lack of effort...

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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