Positive Signs on the Power Play


"The Oilers took 13 shots last night in 6:39 of 5v4 time, a rate of 117.3/60 minutes of 5v4 time, close to triple their rate of 41.5 over the past six seasons, a rate that hasn’t been any better with the addition of the various Golden Boys over the past few years. Obviously, they aren’t going to take 117.3 shots per 60 this year but this is a pretty promising thing."

That's Tyler Dellow on Edmonton's power play performance in their first game against the Winnipeg Jets. In the full article, Tyler looks at some of the systemic improvements the Oilers may have introduced.

Shawn Horcoff Interview

Daryl Reaugh interviews the Oilers' old Captain

Tom Gilbert's Low Panic Point


"He's got a really good disposition about him. More than anything, he's got a very low panic point. He is very smooth and poised out there. He doesn't get rattled under a lot of pressure in the middle of a game." --Kevin Dineen, talking about Tom Gilbert.

Jones on Waivers


Ryan Jones has been placed on waivers.

— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) September 25, 2013

Omark Placed on Waivers


Well that was quick.

Bogdan Yakimov Named KHL Rookie Of The Week


Bogdan Yakimov was named rookie of the week after scoring once and assisting three other teams for four points in four games for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Yakimov's first goal was a beauty.

Kassian Suspension


BTW, Weise's hearing is via telephone, NHL has requested in person hearing for Kassian.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 22, 2013

Kassian Takes Gagner's Teeth Out


Sam Gagner took a high stick from Zack Kassian and not only lost some blood, but a few teeth as well. Hockey players are tough fellows and typically don't miss much time due to dental work. But if there are jaw problems, Gagner might miss a week or two. If that happens, expect to hear a word or two from Ryan Batty: Centre Depth | 4th line centre battle | Life without Hopkins | Taylor Hall to centre

Tom Gilbert Joins Florida On A PTO


Ex-Oiler, and Copper & Blue favourite, Tom Gilbert will be joining the Florida Panthers during training camp on a PTO. Gilbert was bought out by the Wild this summer after he spent a season getting amazingly unlucky when it comes to his on-ice save percentage. Gilbert is a heck of a defender, and the Panthers might have just gotten themselves an absolute steal of a deal.

Anton Belov Arrives In Edmonton


After being delayed by red tape, Belov has landed in Edmonton and will attempt to play catch up. Belov turning out to be a real NHL defenseman will go a long way towards making Edmonton a legitimate playoff team. Belov could supplant Nick Schultz in the 3rd pairing and bring an effective physical presence to the bottom of the lineup.

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