#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2006 Entry Draft

By , April 27, 2014 10:49 am

NHL 2006 Draft

Racki: guest writer Ken Moorhouse writes this one.. the first of a series on the Oilers drafting since ’06.

#SAVEUSPRONGER (Recapping NHL Drafts from Pronger’s Departure – 2006 Edition)

Written By Ken Moorhouse (RHBDKEN)

Welcome to my new blog called #SAVEUSPRONGER which takes a look at the past 8 years since Chris Pronger famously asked for a trade right after losing game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first season after the NHL 2005 Lockout.

The Edmonton Oilers have just come off an impressive and unpredictable run to the cup which took them from an 8th Place position in the NHL’s Western Conference to the losing team in the Stanley Cup Finals which no hockey writer could have imagined happening. A few days after taking the run all of the fans of Edmonton were hit with a sudden dose of reality that Chris Pronger was no longer interested in resuming his contract in the Oilers organization and wanted a trade out of this city. This was very shocking to me as well as many fans and friends who could not foresee this coming, especially after such a successful run to the cup in which he was the most popular player on this franchise. Sadly I can’t answer for Pronger to why he did not want to stay in Edmonton but there were many stories brought in by the media regarding this. We never had closure on these issues and we can assume that its Chris’ right to keep this to himself.

Now for this playoff run the Oilers have already traded many draft picks away, for decent or not so great trade return. While I am writing this, it was sadly a very impressive draft year and the Oilers have had no ability to claim players that have shaped franchises now in this league. The players that were advertised for the 2006 NHL draft were Johnathan Toews, Jordan Staal, Nicklas Backstrom, Phil Kessel, Claude Giroux, and Milan Lucic among others. Sure Erik Johnson, the first overall pick for this draft is now being Continue reading '#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2006 Entry Draft'»

Closing the chapter on another legend…

By , April 11, 2014 9:27 pm
Goodbye to another great one..

Goodbye to another great one..

Due to the suck the Oilers put on most nights, this blog has been put on pause, as you all know, but sometimes you have to forego all that. This is definitely the one time…

Tomorrow is Smytty’s final game as an Oiler. I will say that Ryan Smyth is a shade of the player he was in his first stint here, but I will miss him a heck of a lot. I think too that while he has obviously slowed down, his battle level had never died. That’s the one thing I’ll always admire about Smytty. When you think about all the Oilers that have “bled copper and blue”, he’s the first one that comes to mind. Even amid the greats that once played here, he’s the first one you think of when you think of a guy who left everything on the table each game. He never won a Stanley Cup, but I think he earned one. It’s a shame the Oilers never won in ’06, cause he really deserved it.

I just want to personally thank Ryan Smyth for all he’s done for this city, and all he’s done as a player. I have a lot of respect for you, and I just hope that some of your character rubs off on the new wave of players here.

Lastly, I can’t wait until we inevitably see your #94 hanging in the rafters some day.

P.S.: oh how great would it be for him to score on the PP tomorrow?? Bed-f’in-lam.

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