Playoffs or Bust Can’t Be Oilers Mentality

The Edmonton Oilers find themselves in a curious predicament. The limitations of their roster are obvious to any hockey observer and yet the opportunity to grab a playoff spot in a rather pedestrian Western Conference is quite real. Though a return to the post-season remains priority one for the here and now, the long-term viability […]

Edmonton Oilers and the 50 Shades of Extreme

If you’re an Edmonton Oilers fan, you probably feel and know well the swings that come with being an Edmonton Oilers fan. Either the “sky is falling” or the “team is on its way to finally contend for the Stanley Cup” but, not often, is there an in-between. These days, that feeling is even more […]

Former Ref Suggests McDavid Needs to “Chat” With NHL Officials

As part of Episode 3 of The Hockey Writers Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with former NHL official Kerry Fraser. Among the topics that came up in that exclusive one-on-one interview — which included inconsistency with the play-calling, the inexperience of NHL officials these days and a couple great stories from Fraser’s time […]

Oilers in a Favourable Position

After not only surviving but thriving through the month of October, the Edmonton Oilers have positioned themselves in a pretty good spot as they make their way through November. How good you ask? Well, despite falling to the Stanley Cup champion Capitals in Washington last night and a pending date with the Tampa Bay Lightning later […]

3 Fears for Oilers Fans This Halloween

When you’re a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, there’s always plenty to fear, whether it’s Halloween or not. Sure, the team has looked good through the first 10 games of the National Hockey League (NHL) season. They’ve compiled a 6-3-1 record against some tough competition and deserve credit for turning around a scary 0-2 start. And […]

NHL Standings Predictions: Preseason Edition

For a number of seasons now, the Metropolitan and Central have been the better and deeper of the NHL’s four divisions. That has meant teams from the Atlantic and Pacific have been picking higher in the entry draft in recent years. Is that balance of power on the verge of shifting this season? According to […]

Predicting Oilers’ 2018-19 Opening Night Roster: Forwards

In this two-part series looking at the Edmonton Oilers’ potential opening night roster, Part Two assesses the forwards and what lines the club could run out of the gate. If you haven’t read Part One, in which we took a deep dive into the goaltending and defense pairings, you can do so here. Predicting Oilers […]