Just thinking about this today, and wondering how the roster would look for the upcoming season.
I’d rather not have Draisaitl in the lineup this year, so how would we fit in two centers with that cap room? If we keep Drai, who would we bring in?
I think we can only keep one of the D kids up I’d think. Who would you choose?
As for that “5th” line, I think I’d only keep Arcobello or Lander up, not all 3.
Does this team make the playoffs?
(For what it’s worth, I think it’d be tough cause LA, SJ and ANA probably have the Pacific Div locked up so it’ll have to be a wild card, and CHI, DAL, STL will make it for sure. So we’d be fighting with ARI, VAN, NSH and COL for two spots)
#SAVEUSPRONGER (Recapping NHL Drafts from Pronger’s Departure – 2007 Edition)
Written By Ken Moorhouse (RHBDKEN)
The 2006-07 season for the Edmonton Oilers can be categorized as a slow moving disaster as the realization of the fact that we were now nowhere close to the same team we were just the previous season. After the last draft the Oilers in very desperate moves tried to fill in the voids that were left by Pronger with developing 2nd line winger Joffrey Lupul, Defenseman Ladislav Smid and several draft picks. Still however it was a quite summer for Kevin Lowe as the only major move he made was picking up Jan Hejda from the Buffalo Sabers who proved to be a very good depth defenseman in the NHL.
Once the season started the Oilers floated with a .500 record that lasted until the NHL Trade Deadline where the second biggest face of the franchise player was traded due to a contract dispute. Ryan Smyth was shipped off to the Islanders for forwards Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and the Islanders 1st round pick 15th Overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Right after this major trade the Oilers play on the ice sharply declined as we fell from just below the playoff line to 6th last in the NHL in a matter of two months. This then prepared Continue reading '#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2007 Entry Draft'»
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.
How many times did we hear him call Oilers again?
This post is from guest writer Ktown. We’re shutting the blog down soon, but he wanted to squeak one post in before doing so…
Setting the Facts Straight
I was recently pointed in the direction of a Flames blogger who wrote about the state of their team. That in itself is likely a misleading statement, as the author wrote primarily about the state of the Oilers, under the theme of “We don’t suck as bad as them”. This opened up a lively debate with a friend of mine (as avid a Flamer as I am an Oiler). Throughout our banter, I heard more of the same “facts” spewed back at me, attempting to demonstrate the Oilers’ futility in the last few (several) years.
Now, before we get too far, I want to state clearly – this is not a defense of the Oilers, nor an attempt to say “they don’t suck that bad”. The levels of suckage, futility, insanity and pure, abject failure within the organization are beyond debate. What I am submitting now is more of a simple supplication to other fan bases (and even our own) to at least get some facts straight before engaging in any spirited debate.
Facts are important in any “informed” discussion, and so the level to which facts are misstated, misquoted, Continue reading 'Setting The Facts Straight by guest speaker “Ktown”'»