Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Anxiety

I've suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. I'm the type of person who can't sleep if I think about the fact that I really need to sleep. I suffer from stage fright in public bathrooms if there's too many people around and I'm not really drunk. I have a fear of failure that makes it almost impossible to talk to women sometimes. And on and on.

When I was really young it manifested itself in a comically intense shyness. Like the time when I was 5 or 6 and we went to Sears to get family portraits taken. When it came time for me to take some solo shots I could NOT stop crying. My parents were standing 10 feet away, but having to sit there and interact with a stranger even that minuscule amount was too much for me to handle, so the best picture we got that day was me half smiling with red, puffy eyes due to all the crying.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Should The Oilers Trade For Kevin Shattenkirk?


It’s that time of year again, just over a month away from the second most overhyped day of the year: NHL Trade Deadline Day®. This year feels different though, because for the first time since the mid-90’s the Oilers are being brought up in conversation as a team that may be looking to bolster their roster for a playoff run with a high priced rental! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

What is a first line forward?

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, an actual first line forward. 
In the hockey world, players are often labelled in terms of where they fit in the lineup. “He’s a true top line forward” and “He’s no more than a fourth liner” are statements that get tossed around a lot by hockey fans. In reality, it’s hard to establish just what exactly makes a player a first line forward, second line forward and so on. An easy way to measure this would be by straight up points. While this is likely the most rudimentary way to evaluate a forward, it’s a good place to start to gain a general grasp on the subject.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What To Expect From Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl suiting up for the Prince Albert Raiders
On the 27th of June, the Edmonton Oilers selected Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Draisaitl, a lumbering centre from Cologne, Germany, spent the 2013-14 season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. Selecting the big German caused a wave of excitement throughout the Edmonton fan base, as Draisaitl finally brings the promise of size and strength down the middle for a team desperately lacking in that department. Now comes the question, what can we expect from Draisaitl in terms of immediate impact? Let’s take a look.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Looking at UFA forwards

Mikhail Grabovski spent last season with the Washington Capitals. 
As we all know, Sam Gagner was traded yesterday in a deal that yielded Teddy Purcell, a 6’3 winger from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The acquisition of Purcell gives the Oilers three capable right wingers, with Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov being the other two. Taylor Hall, David Perron and Matt Hendricks will man the left side, while the middle of the ice can be filled with the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon and potentially Leon Draisaitl. I would love for Edmonton to add another capable pivot to provide insulation for Draisaitl, and another solid winger certainly wouldn't hurt either. With the NHL’s unrestricted free agency period starting tomorrow, it’s time to take a look at who could help out the Oilers.