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.
Ryan Batty (@ryan_batty) joined me on the podcast to talk Edmonton Oilers, the trade deadline activities and expectations for the Oilers in the North division as they head towards the playoffs.
We discussed the acquisition of Dmitry Kulikov, how it impacts the current roster and how he could potentially help the club. We also shared our thoughts on the current management group, their decision-making and their short term and long approach to building the roster.
Preston Hodgkinson (@NHLHodgkinson) from The Copper & Blue joined me this week to talk about the Edmonton Oilers early season results, their struggles at even-strength, and where we can expect improvement. We looked at which players have stood out among the forwards and on the blueline, and made a case for switching up the defensive line combinations. And we also discussed how the North division is shaping up and if the Canadiens and Leafs are the teams to beat.
Jason Paul, an analytics freelancer behind WaveIntel.org (@waveintel), joined me to share his insights on the Montreal Canadiens, their off-season changes and how they might fare in the North division. We talked about how their roster has been constructed this season, what improvements they’ll need to be competitive at even-strength and special teams, and which players could have the biggest impact.
Omar Rawji (@omarcanuck) joins me to talk Vancouver Canucks, expectations for the upcoming regular season, how they compare against the Edmonton Oilers and how things might shake out in the North division. We talked about the Canucks roster changes, if they have enough depth behind their star players and what needs to go right for them to make the playoffs.
Joined by Kevin Papetti from Maple Leafs Hotstove to get some insight on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the changes they’ve made this off-season and what their strengths and weaknesses are. We talked about how the Leafs could deploy their forwards and defence pairings to handle the skilled players of the North division. Kevin also shared his thoughts on defenceman Tyson Barrie, what led to his departure from Toronto and where he could fit in on the Oilers blueline.
We discussed the Oilers off-season activities, what our expectations were following their loss to Chicago in the play-in round and managements approach to re-tooling the roster. We gave our thoughts on which players will have the biggest impact the upcoming season, and how the roster might shake out including the reserve/taxi squad – check out Ira’s recent article at The Copper & Blue. We also touched on the All-Canadian division and where we see the Oilers finishing.
Scott has extensive experience covering the sports scene in Chicago and joins me to preview the upcoming qualifier series between the Blackhawks and Oilers.
We discussed a number of topics including the strengths and weaknesses of Chicago, how they finished the regular season, key drivers on the roster that could make an impact and how their line-up could match up with the Oilers.
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We discussed the Oilers progress this season, how they did at the trade deadline and how we see the Pacific division and western conference shaking out. We also dug into the roster construction, areas that need to be addressed and how the Oilers should approach the off-season.