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Edmonton Oilers: Quality vs Depth

Edmonton Oilers: Quality vs Depth

July 15th, 2018 When it comes to the NHL, there is perhaps no more overused term than “depth player”. Year after year, we hear about team “X” needing better players in the bottom half of their lineups and while that is all well and good, let’s get serious. At the end of the day, without enough impact...
Oilers Should Consider Trading Nurse

Oilers Should Consider Trading Nurse

July 15th, 2018 The Edmonton Oilers have made some decent, but non-glamourous signings in free agency this summer; something that was, for the most part, expected. Adding Tobias Rieder was certainly a smart signing and bringing back Kyle Brodziak will help their center depth. Still, few will look at what the...

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July 7th, 2018
Oilers Prospects

Lost in the shuffle of the 2018 NHL Draft and all its festivities was a minor trade made between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. To recap, the Oilers acquired goaltending prospect Hayden Hawkey from the Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in next year's draft. So, just who exactly is this netminder with arguably the coolest hockey name in recent memory? Hawkey, 23, was a sixth-round pick (177th overall) back in 2014 and has played the past three seasons with Providence College. He has one more year of college eligibility and will be returning to Providence College for his fourth and final year. HAYDEN HAWKEY CAREER STATS SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP GAA SVS% 2013-14 Omaha Lancers USHL 33 1.99 .926 2014-15 Omaha Lancers USHL 15 3.00 .896 2015-16 Providence College NCAA 5 1.67 .940 2016-17 Providence College NCAA 39 2.19 .913 2017-18 Providence College NCAA 40 2.04 .919 The pickup gives Edmonton...
July 6th, 2018
Oilers Prospects

When looking back at the Edmonton Oilers haul from the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, general manager Peter Chiarelli and the scouting team essentially put all their eggs in three baskets. The other two picks are throw-ins that might one day become useful assets, but sixth and seventh round picks usually are long-shots at best anyways. Chiarelli essentially traded out of the third, fourth, and fifth rounds of the draft, ironically with all of those picks going to the Montreal Canadiens. To recap, the Oilers initially traded the fourth round selection to the Habs back at the trade deadline for Al Montoya. On the draft floor, they packaged the third (71st) and the fifth (133rd) to move up in the second (62nd). That's not all. The Oilers also traded next year's fifth-round selection to (you guessed it) the Canadiens for NCAA goaltending prospect Hayden Hawkey. The 23-year-old was a sixth-round pick back in 2014 and has played the past three seasons with Providence College. He has...
June 29th, 2018
NHL Rumors

In today's rumor rundown, John Tavares should start letting teams know what's going on as early as today, the Rangers and Oilers might have some plans ready for July 1 and there are a few other notes from around the league. New York Rangers Busy The New York Rangers are "supposed to be" a rebuilding team this season but it would be nieve to think they won't be active in free agency on some level. The Rangers are always one of the most active teams on July 1. David Pagnotta suggests the Rangers have talked to Leo Komarov about a multi-year contract and thinks that might be as close to a lock as any deal so far this offseason. Komarov has seven goals and 19 points last season with the Maple Leafs but won't be back due to salary cap restrictions in Toronto. Larry Brooks of NY Post reports the Rangers are really interested in free agent Forward Ryan Reaves who has a number of teams contacting him about a contract. Reaves finished off last season with the Golden Knights...
June 28th, 2018
NHL Rumors

In today's rumor rundown, Rick Nash lets teams know he's not going to sign anywhere on July 1 and he could be considering retirement, the Detroit Red Wings have their eyes on a couple different goaltenders, Milan Lucic trade rumors won't go away and a few other notes. Rick Nash Unsure of His Future One of the big names on the free agent board is winger Rick Nash who is rumored to have gotten a lot of interest from a number of teams. Interestingly, a report just popped up that Nash won't be letting people know of his decision on July 1. In fact, he might not let teams know for a while since he's uncertain about whether or not he's going to return to the NHL. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the 34-year old forward has informed teams he is still weighing his options and doesn't want to hold up any other plans they may have to work around him. Nash's concussion issues are not a secret but the news that he's potentially planning on retiring comes as a bit of a surprise just...

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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