Pros and Cons: Oilers and the NHL’s Return to Play Proposal
Before I begin, let’s make a communal vow to not rule out the 2019-20 Stanley Cup champions as real winners since it’s the “COVID Cup” or the “Pandemic Cup.” Once the play-in round concludes, there will be a viable, entertaining playoff run that sees the same amount of best-of-seven series as regular playoffs—the winners will […]
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Oilers’ Tippett, Holland, Bear, McDavid Deserve NHL Award Consideration
The 2019-20 season propelled an array of excitement, stress, and hope, but then the pause happened—and replaced all hockey-related, hope-related emotions with pure, uninhibited sadness. When the pause hit, the Edmonton Oilers sat four points ahead of the Calgary Flames, and just three points behind the Pacific Division leaders, the Vegas Golden Knights. It seemed […]
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Edmonton Oilers’ Would You Rather
While the NHL pause frighteningly lingers on, it may be fun to take a break from spiraling thoughts, wondering if the Edmonton Oilers will finally get a chance to enjoy the playoffs, and play a short game of Would You Rather. I’ll provide the scenario, and you and I will choose which player or coach […]
Edmonton Oilers’ Key Moments From 2019-20
Out of all seasons to announce a pause, it had to be this one, didn’t it? It couldn’t have been during one of the three seasons that the Edmonton Oilers accumulated 62 points in the last decade? As frustrating and heartbreaking as this situation is (overall), it doesn’t change the fact that the playoff-hungry team […]
Oilers’ Roster Is Their Best Since 2005-06
The Edmonton Oilers made a splash in 2005-06 when they squeaked into the playoffs and bulldozed their way to the Stanley Cup Final. It’s impossible to forget Fernando Pisani’s shorthanded goal in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5, or when the Oil pushed the series to seven games. It’s also impossible to forget […]
5 Oilers Unsung Heroes of the 2019-20 Season
The Edmonton Oilers currently sit four points back from first place in the Pacific Division with a game in hand—in March. The team’s unrelenting play, paired with crafty work from both general manager Ken Holland and head coach Dave Tippett, has helped Edmonton to find ways to win hockey games. They’ve only lost three in […]
Oilers’ Special Teams Will Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive
It’s that time of the season where your imagination drifts to dream-like scenarios, such as your hockey team clinching a playoff spot. You imagine relief flooding over every inch of your being. You imagine the joy you’ll feel when Connor McDavid steps onto the ice for the Edmonton Oilers’ first playoff game since 2016-17. Related: […]
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Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins Deserves More Credit for His Play
With a majority of the headlines directed towards praising other teammates, it can be easy to forget that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has played an integral role on the Edmonton Oilers for almost a decade now. No. 93 may not be the team’s top scorer or flashiest player, but his strong two-way play, calm on-ice presence, and […]
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Oilers’ Newfound Depth Will Help Them Survive McDavid Injury
The Edmonton Oilers have a strong enough team to survive without Connor McDavid. At first, No. 97’s injury created a cacophony of anxiety, but once reality sunk in, it was easy to recognize that the 2019-20 Oilers are different from the squad that relied too much on their superstar to win. It may be tough […]
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Oilers Can Trust Holland at the Trade Deadline
After years and years of hopeless management, the Edmonton Oilers finally have someone trustworthy in charge. During the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, I remember being afraid that the Oilers’ general manager (GM) at the time, Peter Chiarelli, would stumble up to the podium and take someone other than Connor McDavid. And for good reason—past GMs […]
Stop Saying Draisaitl Needs McDavid to Be Good
TSN just released a mid-season ranking of the top 50 players in 2019-20. Naturally, the Edmonton Oilers’ god-like, all-mighty Connor McDavid ranks as number one, while Leon Draisaitl takes the fourth spot. No. 29’s ranking prompted naysayers to complain that he is only good because he plays with McDavid. McDavid’s on-ice magic has never been […]
Kassian Is Triumphant in Tkachuk Debacle
It has only been a couple of days since Zack Kassian threw Matthew Tkachuk around like a ragdoll. The spirited incident may have resulted in a two-game suspension for the Edmonton Oilers winger, but the Calgary Flames pest has received a lot of backlash. The support for Kassian from experts, players, and the public (besides […]
Is Yamamoto the Oilers’ Missing Link?
Plan the Stanley Cup parade: the Edmonton Oilers have a second line! Get ready for the 2020 playoffs: the Oilers have a second line! Okay, all sarcasm aside, ever since Kailer Yamamoto joined Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the second line, the team has granted fans the chance to dream about making the playoffs. […]
Oilers Need to Trade for a Rental
Right now the Edmonton Oilers are clinging to a wild card spot in the Western Conference, which is a far cry from their outstanding 2019-20 season debut. It will be a fight to make the playoffs, and if the Oilers want to advance to the postseason, general manager Ken Holland needs to shake things up. […]
Are the Oilers a Playoff Team?
Remember when the Edmonton Oilers bulldozed their way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006? I was in Grade 9, rocking Oilers’ wristbands, an “Oilers Rule” t-shirt, and my outdated Mike Comrie jersey. It felt especially good cheering for the Oilers in British Columbia, amid moody Vancouver Canucks fans. Now, I’m 28 years old, and […]
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