Saturday, May 24, 2014

Oil Kings: One win away

To say the Edmonton Oil Kings have had a rather eventful week in reaching the 2014 Memorial Cup Final would be understatement. After opening the tournament with a disappointing 5-2 loss at the hands of the Guelph Storm, everyone inside their dressing knew reaching Sunday’s finale wasn’t going to be easy.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scrivens comes up short for Team Canada

When Edmonton Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens decided to make the trek over to Belarus and be a part of Team Canada’s squad at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, he probably could not believe his luck. In just over a year’s time, the Cornell grad went from being traded to the Los Angeles Kings to become Jonathan Quick’s backup via the Toronto Maple Leafs, to being shipped to Edmonton in late January. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oilers and Canucks would make perfect trading partners

As disappointing as the 2013-14 season was for the Edmonton Oilers, one could argue it was that much worse for the Vancouver Canucks. While most were expecting the Canucks to take a bit of a step back playing in the newly formed Pacific Division, no one saw them imploding in the manner they did over the last half of the year.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2014 Memorial Cup: Time for Jarry to step it up

In the grand scheme of things, the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 double OT loss to the Val d'Or Foreurs at the 2014 Memorial Cup may not turn out to be that big of a deal. If the Guelph Storm can manage to knock off the host London Knights in Wednesday’s round-robin finale, in what is truly a nothing game for the OHL Champs, than Edmonton’s inability to closeout Val d’Or was ultimately meaningless. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Memorial Cup: So far, So good

While the opening weekend of the 2014 Memorial Cup may not have gone exactly how the Edmonton Oil Kings had envisioned, head coach Derek Laxdal had to be more than satisfied with the resilience his players showed over their first two games of the tournament.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Is either one really good enough?

From the moment he took over as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, Craig MacTavish made it abundantly clear he wasn’t happy with the goaltending depth within the organization. While he did make a number of moves to try and rectify that situation during his first year as the captain of this ship, he has yet to fully address his netminding at the NHL level.