Pens Should Be All In On Petry


They shouldn't offer a 2nd round pick - they should offer better than that. A former second round pick that's already developed into a good professional player, giving Edmonton more value.

I'm talking about Brian Dumoulin.

Pensburgh on Jeff Petry

Andrew Ference's Finger Pointing & the Company He Keeps


"It's our inability to kill a penalty and our inability to score a goal on the power play when we have the chances that cost us."

His latest round of finger-pointing rings familiar, no?

MacTavish Escapes Reality Speaking On Draisaitl


MacTavish Escapes Reality Speaking On Draisaitl.

"I knew, given the situation that we're in — it looks like our situation is improving here — but in spite of that, it's important for these players to play within their own peer group."
--Craig MacTavish on his decision-making around Leon Draisaitl:

I wonder if this was during transcendental meditation.

Evan Campbell Filling Void for UMass Lowell


This season Campbell has taken on more of a primetime role for Norm Bazin's club that had to deal with offseason departures of forwards Scott Wilson, Joe Pendenza, Derek Arnold and Josh Holmstrom. Campell, the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia native, has been up for the challenge so far. He's found the back of the net twice and dished out three assists in three games as UML has started 2-0-1.

The SB Nation College Hockey site has some nice things to say about Oilers prospect Evan Campbell's early season play. Drafted in the fifth round, 128th overall, in 2013 Campbell is now in his second season with the River Hawks.

The Captain and the Heart of the Matter


The Oilers captain is popping up everywhere. What drives his community activism?

Spare time.

Yakupov On Yakimov


We see each other every day, we practice together. If he has any problem, I’m always helping him. By the way, the team took the right decision limiting the time he can spend with me: this way he won’t speak Russian all the time and will be forced to speak English, and this will help him a lot at this point of his career. Not long ago we went to a Katy Perry concert.

In an interview on the Business Gazeta website, The Hockey Writers have the full translation, Yakupov talks about his summer and his relationship with fellow Oilers prospect Bogdan Yakimov. I can't say much for their taste in music, but the idea of trying to make sure Yakimov learns to be more comfortable speaking English is almost certainly a good thing as he transitions to playing pro hockey in North America. There are a lot of other good things in that interview as well, and, as always, Yakupov really seems like a guy who just loves to have a good time.