Welcome to The Revisiting Series where we, well, revisit things. The year was 2009. I was 14. I loved hockey and still do. It was the days leading up to the NHL’s free agency period, and all the talk was about how the Edmonton Oilers were about to acquire Dany Heatley from the Ottawa Senators.
When I wrote last week’s Prospect Update, inexplicably the Russian leagues were still set to go full steam ahead. Even though the two non-Russian teams in the playoff had pulled out, leaving their whole format in shambles.
It was three years ago on this fateful day that the Edmonton Oilers clinched their first playoff birth in 11 years. Goals from Eric Gryba and Connor McDavid gave the Oilers a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on that March 28th.
On Friday afternoon, four of the Pacific Division captains (Connor McDavid, Mark Giordano, Bo Horvat, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson) sat down for a conference call about everything from the state of the league, to playoffs, to what they’re doing at home in quarantine and I wanted to put together a quick recap on some of the topics they covered.
Jaromir Jagr had one of the most interesting career arcs in recent memory. After posting 71 points and helping the New York Rangers reach the second round of the playoffs in 2007-08, general manager Glen Sather decided not to keep Jagr around.
The post-2006 run was a weird time in Oil Country. We went from watching the Cup run team get torn apart to nearly giving up first-round picks for Thomas Vanek to Kevin Lowe nearly fighting Brian Burke in a barn.
Last week, we talked about the rumour around the Oilers having a fourth jersey coming to their collection for the 2020-21 season. According to Icethetics, the fourth jersey will be a nod to the Oilers WHA days as they bring back to life a white jersey with an orange logo that the organization hasn’t seen since the 1970s.
I don’t know whether or not we’ll see the 2019-20 season and playoff completed and I don’t even know if we’ll see the 2020-21 season started on time. What I do know, though, is that we’ll see an Expansion Draft next June as Seattle enters the league.
I don’t know if you were around to catch it, but last night I was a guest on the Oilers Live podcast. We talked about the Edmonton Oilers roster in general, what we liked, didn’t like, what changes we think it could use.
As we noted when we took at look at the future of Kris Russell, next season, the Edmonton Oilers will have some decisions to make. As NHL owners and GM’s meet in conference calls this week — much of the talk likely surrounding next season’s potential salary cap — the topic of compliance buyouts will undoubtedly come up.
It's too early to put the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the same category as Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. But the former first overall draft pick and the German power forward are certainly making a case for heading in that direction...