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Edmonton Oilers: Misplaced Expectations

Edmonton Oilers: Misplaced Expectations

April 20th, 2018 With the news the Calgary Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday, many fans in Edmonton are once again asking how Oilers coach Todd McLellan still has a job. After all, the Flames were expected to finish lower in the standings than the Oilers when the season started and after having a...
Oilers Options at the 2018 NHL Draft

Oilers Options at the 2018 NHL Draft

April 20th, 2018 The NHL Draft Lottery takes place a little over a week from now and the Edmonton Oilers have the ninth-best odds (five percent) of winning the thing. There are various lottery simulators for fans to enjoy as the lottery approaches, namely two, like Tankathon, and NHL Lottery Simulator. Regardless,...

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April 13th, 2018
Oilers Management

With a season that can only be described as disastrous finally in the books, the Edmonton Oilers are once again heading into the off-season with many a question surrounding their roster. Though many felt the organization had turned the corner from what is known as the “Decade of Darkness” following their 2016-17 campaign, there is still plenty of work to be done in good ol’ Oil Country. Not surprisingly, for a team that has struggled as much as this one has over the course of the past 12 years, the Oilers have made their mistakes along the way. Be it the so-called “Old Boys Club” or the current regime being spearheaded by Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli, the missteps have been plentiful and at times, downright perplexing. Oilers Management Need to Be Better We can point to the mess that was Dallas Eakins, moving a legit top four defenceman in Jeff Petry for next to nothing, placing unreasonable expectations on Justin Schultz from the moment he arrived in the...
April 7th, 2018
Oilers Management

As the off-season rears it's ugly head for the Edmonton Oilers, there's going to be plenty of questions this summer. Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan are front and center when it comes to the criticism and have taken plenty of blame for how the year has unfolded. Chiarelli has already put in work to try and right the ship as we head towards the upcoming draft and free agency period. The Oilers general manager flipped Patrick Maroon, Brandon Davidson, and Mark Letestu at the trade deadline. He's since brought in several future assets like Cooper Marody, Joey Dudek, and Pontus Aberg. The latter has already paid dividends and looks like he could be a future top-six forward. Maybe Aberg becomes someone to regularly lineup with Leon Draisaitl? Related: Should Oilers Fire Chiarelli & McLellan? So where do we go from here? There's plenty of questions and plenty of unknowns as we enter the summer months. Here are some questions, and more questions inside those questions for Oiler...
April 3rd, 2018
Previews and Predictions

With three games remaining in the Edmonton Oilers' season, Connor McDavid is perched on top of the NHL scoring lead with 103 points. Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov is second with 97 points. Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is third with 96 points. Unless McDavid goes pointless and one of Kucherov and Malkin picks up seven or more points in the final stretch here, the Oilers forward should win back-to-back Art Ross trophies. It'll be the first time that's happened in the NHL in 17 seasons. The last person to do that was Jaromir Jagr in 1999-00 and 2000-01. The last Oiler to do that was Wayne Gretzky in 1985-86 and 1986-87. The real question, though, is if McDavid will win the Hart Trophy. There have been a lot of arguments that are against McDavid taking home the Hart in back-to-back years. NHL Scoring Race 2017-18 (April 2) Player Team GP G A PTS Connor McDavid Edmonton 79 41 62 103 Nikita Kucherov Tampa...
April 2nd, 2018
Oilers Prospects

Last week we previewed the WHL and OHL playoffs and which Edmonton Oilers prospects would play where. To quickly recap the first round, Kirill Maksimov (Niagara Ice Dogs) is the first Oiler prospect to advance to the second-round. Dmitri Samorukov and his team (Guelph Storm) were the first to be eliminated. Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos) and Cam Hebig (Regina Pats) are headed to Game 7 in their series. Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants) looks to punch his ticket to the second-round, and Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs) will look to rally back from a 3-1 deficit (now 3-2) to win his series. This will also be the last hurrah in junior for Benson, Hebig, and Yamamoto who will all graduate to the Oilers pro system next season. Related: Edmonton Oilers - CHL Playoff Primer They'll be a part of phase two of the retooling down on the farm with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors that saw Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones play their rookie years this season. Here's a quick recap of what's...

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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