Striking Oil in Ontario

Why the Edmonton Oilers Should Think Twice before Breaking up the Core

The NHL trade deadline has passed. The Edmonton Oilers are outside the playoff race. Attention is now being turned to the offseason where GM Peter Chiarelli has tough decisions to make.

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Monday Doom and Gloom

What a difference a weekend can make.

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How can Something so Right, be so Wrong?: the Oilers and the Search for a Right Shot Defenseman


With Seth Jones being traded to Columbus, ending the long speculated possibility of him coming to Edmonton, the Oilers find themselves still searching for a quality right shot defenseman to help anchor their top pairing. Continue reading “How can Something so Right, be so Wrong?: the Oilers and the Search for a Right Shot Defenseman”

Oilers Notes for the First Quarter


Although the results have certainly been underwhelming thus far into the 2015-16 NHL season for the Edmonton Oilers, there is still a fair amount to be excited about. With that in mind I’ve created what is basically just a list of my opinions on many topics and the outlook going forward.I’ve tried to stay away from the mainstream stories such as Draisaitl’s success, as I can’t really add any value to the discussion.

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2016 Draft Prospects Series: Part 1

In the first of what will hopefully be a recurring post, I examine three later first round draft prospects: Tyler Benson, Charlie McAvoy and Julien Gauthier.

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Often the Victim, rarely the victor


Stop overthinking this Darnell Nurse should be in the Oilers lineup.

Early reports from the Oilers first two games have the Oilers showing improvement in many areas of the game. Justin Schultz is finally starting to look like an all-around NHL defender. Talbot has provided more than capable goaltending. But my grievances lie with a lack of team willingness to mix things up in the dirty areas. The Oilers are just never the aggressors. Continue reading “Often the Victim, rarely the victor”

Change Comes from the Top

The past few days have seen the Oilers management group place two significant players on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to the AHL. Nikita Nikitin ($4.5M) and Ben Scrivens ($2.3M) both entering the last season of their respective contracts represent a large cap hit to be paid to minor league players.

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Under Promise, Over Deliver

So far this offseason, Oilers management has made a concerted effort to manage fan expectations for the team and for 1st overall draft pick Connor McDavid. Continue reading “Under Promise, Over Deliver”

What do the Oilers have in Griffin Reinhart? And was he worth the price?

Like many of my fellow Oilers fans, the abysmal performance over the last 9 years, and the high draft picks that came with it sparked a passion for NHL prospects. So much so that I hadextensively pondered, the many possibilities the Oilers had at the 2015 draft with the 16th and 33rd overall picks. Will they take a Goalie?  What D-men might be available? As enticing as many prospects looked I, like many fans, found myself hoping the Oilers would manage to swing a trade for an Elite defenseman.

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