Over the next couple of months, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season. The Edmonton Oilers are finally finding their stride after having their
The Edmonton Oilers and their fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief after the team announced they had finally signed restricted free agent Leon Draisaitl to a contract. The deal, as you’ve probably read, is an eight-year deal worth an $8.5 million AAV. This ends months of speculation of a predatory offer sheet or trade.
Thirty-one NHL teams know New York Islanders center John Tavares is an elite player. Any team interested in his services is going to have to answer the same question posed by Larry Brooks for Isles management: “what is the organization’s selling point?” We know John Tavares makes sense for the San Jose Sharks because he makes
Depth, depth and more depth was apparently Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli’s mantra when it came to July 1. The Oilers didn’t add one of the bigger fish in free agency or a true NHL regular to their lineup. Chiarelli went out and added several minor league players to the system in hopes of bolstering the
The offseason is officially underway, and there’s lots of news and notes regarding the Edmonton Oilers and the summer of 2017. Edmonton will be very busy trying to get their roster in place for the 2017-18 season that kicks off on October 4. The biggest pieces of business for the Oilers and general manager Peter
Connor McDavid has won the 2017 Hart Memorial Trophy. Not only was McDavid the only player in the league to reach 90 points this past season, he took it a step further and reached the 100-point mark in 82 games, along with an impressive 30 goals. Coming off of an injury-shortened rookie season where he scored 16
If there’s ever been one player the hockey analytics community seems to have an absolute disdain for it’s Edmonton Oilers defenseman, Kris Russell. I’d like to preface this by saying something dirty — I like Kris Russell. There I said it, it’s out in the open and I’m not taking it back. What I don’t like
Every NHL team will be busy this summer but there are rumblings the Edmonton Oilers are close to set on a few items. Four very major pieces are on the team’s immediate agenda and deals might be imminent, perhaps announced later in the summer. McDavid and Draisaitl Deals (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) Darren Dreger and Bob