Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oilers At The Trade Deadline


Another year, another week of people getting themselves riled up only to face bitter disappointment. Welcome to NHL Trade Deadline day! Seriously though, I don't understand why people still get their hopes up. The trade deadline hasn't been exciting in, like, AT LEAST five years, if not more. 90% of the trades are completed in the days leading up to the deadline, and yet everyone still crowds around their computers, frantically refreshing Twitter, just waiting for that 10 player trade that rocks the entire foundation of the league. And then Eric Fehr gets traded for an 11th round pick and TSN spends 45 minutes talking about it because it's the only transaction of any note.

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.