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Should the Oilers Go For Jeff Skinner?

Should the Oilers Go For Jeff Skinner?

May 23rd, 2018 In our continued look at options for the Edmonton Oilers this season, we wonder what it might look like if the Edmonton Oilers targeted a forward like Jeff Skinner. Edmonton's need at left wing is not as strong as it is in other areas so a deal like this might not be a priority this summer. But,...
Should Oilers Go for Patrick Maroon?

Should Oilers Go for Patrick Maroon?

May 20th, 2018 The Edmonton Oilers and Patrick Maroon are a familiar story. Maroon came to the Oilers from the Anaheim Ducks during the 2015-16 NHL season and was an absolute steal for the franchise. With only four goals in 56 games with the Ducks that season, Anaheim deemed him dispensible and not only moved him...

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May 16th, 2018
Long Read

Every week there's at least one tidbit about the Edmonton Oilers and their off-season plan. We know both Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli will resume their roles next season. We also know that forward Ty Rattie is back for another year at $800,000 to play on the right wing. With everything else in between, we also now know the Oilers have locked in what looks to be their future starter in nets. Stuart Skinner, 19, just signed a three-year entry-level contract (ELC) with a $784,166 cap hit. He'll be a restricted free agent (RFA) in the summer of 2021. Skinner has been sensational in the WHL playoffs and has backstopped the Swift Current Broncos to the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup that'll be held in Regina. Through 26 playoff games this spring, Skinner holds a sparkling 2.20 goals against average (GAA) and a .932 save percentage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9D_lwTiKyg Skinner also had six shutouts en route to the WHL Championship and outdueled Carter Hart who's...
May 12th, 2018
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In our continued look at the potential offseason targets for the Edmonton Oilers, this edition will take a look at an area that has been deemed a "must-fill" for the Oilers. Going into this coming season with only Jesse Puljujarvi, Zack Kassian, and Ty Rattie as right-wingers that have NHL experience and under contract, there is a hole the Oilers are going to need to fill. The question is, would Michael Grabner fill that hole effectively? Why Is Grabner Available? This summer, Grabner is an unrestricted free agent. He was moved to the New Jersey Devils at the trade deadline during the 2017-18 season and while the Devils had a great regular season, the team couldn't duplicate that success in the postseason. Grabner didn't help much in the two games he played, posting zero points and getting benched. A depth winger with skill, he's likely to get overpaid in free agency and that means the chances of him staying with the Devils exists, but might not be all that likely. The...
May 11th, 2018
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There’s no hiding the fact that the Edmonton Oilers will be facing a salary cap crunch as they attempt to fill in the holes on their roster this offseason. Luckily for general manager Peter Chiarelli there are various ways that the team can address this impending problem. Earlier, I looked at a group of unproven soon-to-be unrestricted free agents who are on the cusp of becoming full-time NHL players and could be of interest to the Oilers. Another area where the team's scouting staff should be focusing on is the European free agent market. The European professional leagues are full of NHL-ready or near-ready talent that can generally be signed to affordable short-term contracts. The Oilers dipped into this market when they signed former KHL goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a one-year deal but cheaper targets should be the focus going forward. Here are a handful of players whose skill sets and NHL readiness could benefit the Oilers in 2018-19. Jan Kovar (C) Czech Republic...
May 10th, 2018
Long Read

There's a lot of movement going on within the Edmonton Oilers organization, and one of the benefactors will be their farm team. The Bakersfield Condors are receiving a much-needed facelift and the rebuild down in the AHL is well underway. Since taking over in the spring of 2015, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has had to slowly restock a bare cupboard. Now entering year four of the Chiarelli regime, the talent in Bakersfield is entering another phase of redevelopment. It's no secret the Oilers have had one of the worst farm systems in the NHL in recent years. The club has missed the AHL playoffs in three consecutive seasons under former bench boss Gerry Fleming. Well, Fleming is now out, Todd McLellan's assistant, Jay Woodcroft, is in. With his first head coaching gig in the pro ranks, Woodcroft will oversee what's hopefully a better player development system. It also looks like he'll have the horses to do it as well. There's going to be a ton of change over with...

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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