Joined by Alex Thomas (@Alex_Thomas14) on the show to discuss the Oilers off-season activities, the changes up front and the defence core, and Holland’s overall approach to constructing the roster.
I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their free agency activities. We covered the signing of Zach Hyman, what he brings to the team and the risks associated with the contract. Discussed trading away Ethan Bear to make room for veteran defencemen, and what to expect from forward Warren Foegele. We talked about Tyson Barrie's actual impact to the team, and signing Cody Ceci, and if he can fill Adam Larsson’s role (short answer: nope). Also covered Evan Bouchard's role next year and the barriers in place. And we closed off with my thoughts on the outstanding roster issues and how the front office remains the Oilers biggest deficiency.
Joined by Dennis King (@DKingBH) on the show to talk Oilers, the acquisition of Duncan Keith, Ken Holland’s performance as a general manager and what to expect this off-season.
Joined by Ganesh Murdeshwar (@oilersnerdalert) to talk Oilers and how they can integrate and use analytics in a more meaningful way. Ganesh shared his background in analytics, from programming to taking on executive positions in different industries, and eventually applying his knowledge to hockey as a consultant. He also shared the motivation behind Puck IQ – one of the top player evaluation tools that focuses on quality-of-competition. We talked about the comments Holland recently made about analytics and how the Oilers view and utilize it. Ganesh also shared his thoughts on the steps the Oilers would need to take if they wanted to enhance their hockey operations and improve their decision-making processes.
Joined by Dennis King (@DKingBH) to talk about the Oilers series against the Winnipeg Jets, the issues that led to them being swept and where we expect things to go this off-season. We discussed the Oilers deployment tactics, their handling of younger players and our overall confidence in the coaching staff for next season. We also covered Holland’s approach to building a competitive roster, his comments at his media availability and what he’ll need to do to make this a competitive team in the modern age..
A final look into the North division and how the Oilers did against each team at even-strength (5v5) and on special teams.
I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk Oilers, Mike Smith's season, team depth, underlying issues and potential playoff matchups.
Joined by Daniel Wagner (@passittobulis) to talk all things Canucks. We discussed the Vancouver Canucks season, what the warning signs were coming off of a pretty good 2019/20 season and where things have gone wrong for the club. We discussed management’s approach to building the Canucks roster, what they’ll need to do differently to be competitive next year, and if Travis Green is the right coach for the team. Daniel also shared his thoughts on the key prospects for the team and the potential roles they could play.
Joined by Zach Laing, news director for OilersNation and the Nation Network to talk all things Oilers. . We talked about our experiences covering the Edmonton Oilers and how the league can reach more communities and improve the fan experience. We discussed the Oilers season, which players have been the key drivers and who we want to see more from. We also covered the upcoming off-season, how to approach Nugent-Hopkins’ contract and how the defence core could potentially look next year – with or without Adam Larsson.
Joined by Dennis King (@DKingBH) to talk Oilers, the trade deadline and the direction the club appears to be heading with Ken Holland as general manager. We looked at the current roster construction, where the deficiencies have been, and what we’re expecting to happen this coming off-season. We also looked at the North division, how the Oilers compare with the Leafs, Canadiens and Jets and how things could shake out in the playoffs. Pretty packed show with lots of great insight from Dennis who even took some listener questions.