Monday, April 9, 2018

Arrested Development

There are a lot of problems plaguing the Edmonton Oilers. Poor roster management, a rich history of losing trades, inept coaching, injuries, the fact that Lucic 100% ran over a gypsy in October, the list goes on and on. As a fan of the Oilers you spend more time arguing about who is MOST at fault for the team finishing in the bottom five of the NHL in any given season than you do actually watching the team play hockey. IT'S VERY FUN AND NOT AT ALL A FRUITLESS EXERCISE I QUESTION MY OWN PARTICIPATION IN ON A DAILY BASIS *continues chewing on vodka bottle*.

At the moment the cause célèbre for Oiler fans and media alike is the development or lack thereof of one Jesse (no middle name given on Wikipedia) Puljujarvi. This isn't what this post is about however; it's both absurd to write off a 19 year old player in his second season of professional hockey, as well as to ignore all the warning signs we're seeing now, that we've seen with numerous other players this team has failed to properly develop over the last decade or so. So I'm just going to focus on that second part!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bentley, you were a good girl and I'll miss you

Today was one of the worst days I can remember. We had to make the horrible decision to put down our beloved dog Bentley and although it was the compassionate thing to do, it certainly doesn't make it any easier. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Don't Panic (But Feel Free To Be A Little Nervous)

As I'm sure most of you have already read this afternoon, the Oilers have sent Yessa Puljujarvi down to Bakersfield where he'll start the year as what we are safe to assume will be the number one right wing for the Condors. That's not very surprising if you spent any time watching him this preseason, where once again he failed to make much of an impact, aside from a solid period against the Jets playing with Connor McDavid. It's also a good sign that FINALLY the Oilers aren't trying to force a square peg into a round hole, and are allowing young players to actually develop rather than just throwing them in the deep end and crossing their fingers that they don't drown.

Monday, June 26, 2017

What If

At the start of the last season my expectations were pretty low. This was an Oilers team coming off yet ANOTHER bottom five finish, and they showed us that without the best player in the world tilting the ice for them, without Cam Talbot having a full Vezina caliber season, and with a hodgepodge of AHL quality defensemen playing too far above their skill level, this was still a very flawed team. "I don't think they'll make the playoffs, but if they're still fighting for a wild card spot come March, this season will be a huge step forward" I said. And then the Oilers went ahead and blew all my (and realistically almost everyone's) expectations out of the water.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Over at our inbred cousin site The Canafornians I made five preseason predictions before the 2016-17 season, because that's what you do when you're an unoriginal hack with barely passable writing skills. How'd I do? LET'S FIND OUT!