Author: Gregory Babinski

  • Point projections for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl: a step beyond?

    Point projections for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl: a step beyond?

    The championship premise of the Oilers is fairly straightforward. With two MVPs both in the lineup and in the prime of their careers, this is a rare window that the Oilers find themselves in. Many franchises haven’t had two MVPs in their history, let alone simultaneously. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl bring both the power […]

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  • Assessing whether the Oilers should listen to trade offers for Jesse Puljujarvi

    Assessing whether the Oilers should listen to trade offers for Jesse Puljujarvi

    The Oilers and Jesse Puljujarvi avoided their scheduled arbitration hearing earlier this summer by agreeing to a one year contract, at $3 million per year. It is hardly a definitive answer to the will-they-or-won’t-they dance that the two sides have been engaged in since the Oilers drafted the big Finn, nor did it quell the […]

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  • The inexcusability of McDavid’s passive comments addressing Hockey Canada

    The inexcusability of McDavid’s passive comments addressing Hockey Canada

    Connor McDavid is in a league of his own. Even those watching their first hockey game are able to notice that there is something different about McDavid. Each and every summer upon viewing a McDavid highlight for the first time in months (or, more realistically weeks/days), I double check to see if the video is […]

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  • What the Oilers can expect under a full season with Jay Woodcroft

    What the Oilers can expect under a full season with Jay Woodcroft

    It is hard to believe that it was this time a year ago that the Oilers were still coached by Dave Tippett. After a blistering start to the season, largely powered by a torrid and unsustainable scoring, succinctly and aptly quipped by Leon Draisaitl’s: “Do you expect me to score 82 goals this year?” With […]

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  • Everything you need to know about the Oilers at the 2022 Young Stars Classic

    Everything you need to know about the Oilers at the 2022 Young Stars Classic

    For the first time since the pandemic changed the world, the Young Stars Classic is back and being held in Penticton, BC. With all four of Canada’s western teams represented, the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers are sending squads prospects out to face off in a round robin style series of […]

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  • Expectations on Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner as the Oilers’ new tandem

    Expectations on Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner as the Oilers’ new tandem

    For the past three seasons, the Edmonton Oilers iced the Mike Smith/Mikko Koskinen tandem in net. Nearly the entire time, they were widely doubted. Often, preseason prognosticators would even cite the duo as the reason the Oilers would fail to live up to the potential that a pair of MVPs should afford. Yet, somehow, and […]

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  • Breaking down where Edmonton Oilers prospects will play in 2022–23

    Breaking down where Edmonton Oilers prospects will play in 2022–23

    Unlike the NFL or NBA, which represent the NHL’s aspirations as North American sports leagues go, the NHL entry draft takes place sooner in a player’s development. For the most part the NHL drafts high school aged players, where all but the very best will see subsequent years in junior or lower professional leagues. As […]

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  • Assessing the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL contract with Justin Bailey

    Assessing the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL contract with Justin Bailey

    Recently coming aboard as a professional tryout with the Edmonton Oilers, right-shot winger Justin Bailey has now signed a contract with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors. As an AHL deal, Bailey does not currently affect the Oilers cap or contract limit. Bailey’s style and role The first and most notable skill that Bailey […]

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  • Breaking down the Edmonton Oilers’ acquisition of Ryan Murray

    Breaking down the Edmonton Oilers’ acquisition of Ryan Murray

    The Edmonton Oilers opened up the month of September with news of a signing, bringing on Stanley Cup Champion Ryan Murray to bolster the defence corps. Let’s see what Murray brings to the table and what this means for the Oilers. Murray’s contract New Oiler Murray’s contract sees a one-year deal clocking in with a […]

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