The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round pick and Zach Pochiro, who has played 44 games in the ECHL!
This reaches an absurdity level almost as close as the Taylor Hall trade. The Oilers never truly gave Yakupov a real opportunity. He often found himself on the third line, and after a year of speculation, he’s traded to a Western Conference competitor in the St. Louis Blues.
At only 23 years young, Yakupov is a special talent, and will probably excel with the Blues. Yakupov scored 31 points in the lockout shortened season, and hasn’t been able to find an offensive production near that level in a full season.
Expect to hear some comments from Yakupov that he was never truly believed in. And rightly so.
Imagine if Yakupov played a full season alongside McDavid in 2016-17. You could argue that Yakupov should be able to produce on his own, but it goes back to the Taylor Hall concept. The Oilers should have surrounded Yakupov with the right players in order for him to succeed, and now the new management has bailed on him.
The Oilers continue to make questionable decisions. They’re expected to sign defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year, $3.1M deal, after they already have a bottom pairing defenceman in Andrej Sekera locked up for five more years at a 5.5 million-dollar cap hit. So much for leaving room for Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson.
Look out for Yakupov to have a good season with the Blues.
The Edmonton Oilers unveiled their first mascot in team history on Monday morning. Hunter the Canadian Lynx was named after the team’s founder of 1972, Bill Hunter. Hunter will wear number 72 and has an authentic look. The mascot isn’t kid-friendly, so what will be the lifespan of the newest member of the Oilers?
Let’s begin with the wow factor.
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Did you know that the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson? And that trade was topped by the Montreal Canadiens, who shipped PK Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber! Are we living in a dream?
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are miserable after losing the faces of their franchise. With the departure of PK Subban from the Habs and Taylor Hall from the Oilers, the respective fan bases are anticipating the next move. Is the next move the right move for either team?
The Edmonton Oilers are reported to be the front runners for Milan Lucic, while the Montreal Canadiens want Milan Lucic.
Continue reading Please DON’T Do It
General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers Peter Chiarelli wants to explore trading his fourth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The Oilers have selected first overall in four of six years, drafting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, and Connor McDavid. Big surprise, the team hasn’t clinched a single playoff berth.
Continue reading Oilers Might Not Draft Top Five?
Wednesday evening, the National Hockey League announced four outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season. The 2017 Winter Classic will feature the Chicago Blackhawks hosted by the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium January 2, 2017. The Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field February 18, 2017 for a Stadium Series game. October 23, 2016, the Winnipeg Jets will host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field for the 2016 Heritage Classic. At the center of the universe, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings January 1, 2017 for the first Centennial Classic. The string of outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season are just a slice of the NHL’s 100th anniversary.
The 2016-17 outdoor games are a celebration of hockey’s beginning outdoors. For the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the games are celebrations of symbolic Canadian teams that are developing into competitive teams.
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Two Canadian Western Conference NHL teams added to their defensive core for their future.
Continue reading Rekindling “The Battle of Alberta”
Friday, June 26, 2015 is the day of the NHL Draft in Florida. Who will be picked? Only time will tell. Sorry to remind the Sabres fans, but you most likely won’t be drafting McDavid, but Eichel is a great consolation. Below is my prediction of who will be drafted Top 10:
Continue reading 2015 Draft Prediction