CBC Radio Active: Oilers, Kings, goaltending and depth

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers series against the Kings. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, May 6)

Topics we covered:

  • What the Oilers did well in game two against the Kings.
  • Mike Smith’s performance over the first two games, and how best to manage his game.
  • The Oilers depth, and how the team has struggled at even-strength so far without McDavid on the ice.
  • Evander Kane, and the risks associated with signing him to a long term contract.
  • What the Oilers will need to do well in games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles.

Thanks as always to the great team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Oiler talk is now focusing on the playoffs

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers, the final stretch of the season and the push for a playoff spot. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, April 12)

Topics we covered:

  • The incredible results since the coaching change, the reasons for the Oilers success and the tactical adjustments Woodcroft and his staff have made.
  • The Oilers push for second in the Pacific division and the importance of home ice advantage in the playoffs.
  • The positive impact Jesse Puljujärvi has had on the team this season.
  • Goaltending and the risk the Oilers are taking heading into the playoffs.
  • Which teams the Oilers could match up against, and their strengths and weaknesses.

Thanks as always to the great team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: The Woodcroft Effect

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their performance thus far under Jay Woodcroft. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, March 7)

Topics we covered:

  • What the Oilers have done well since Jay Woodcroft’s arrival as head coach, and the key underlying numbers. We referenced the article I wrote last week.
  • The deployment of 11 forwards and seven defencemen, and what impact it’s having on the top end players.
  • Goaltending and why Skinner should get some starts soon.
  • Evander Kane’s results and some of the underlying numbers that might be of some concern.

Thanks as always to the great team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Oilers’ coaching carousel continues

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I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the firing of head coach Dave Tippett and assistant coach Jim Playfair, what led to their dismissals and what to expect from Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, February 10).

Topics we covered:

  • The timing of the firing, with the Oilers about to begin a crucial stretch of games.
  • Tippett’s recent decision to start goaltender Mike Smith in back-to-back games, and why that was a bad idea. Referenced this 2013 article from Broadstreet Hockey, written by a blogger who is now an assistant general manager in Carolina.
  • What to expect with Jay Woodcroft behind the bench and the impact he and Dave Manson have had on the development of key prospects in the Oilers system.

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Analyzing the Oilers’ losing streaks

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I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their downward spiral since December. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, January 19).

Topics we covered:

  • Leon Draisaitl’s recent comments and his exchange with beat reporter Jim Matheson.
  • How to best address the Oilers goaltending issues.
  • The underlying numbers over the last 15 games, which includes only three wins and two six-game losing streaks.
  • The changes needed behind the bench and especially the front office.

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!

Remembering Adrienne Pan

Very saddened to hear about the passing of Adrienne Pan. Such an incredible person that did so much for the community and for those around her. She’ll be deeply missed.

I’ll never forget how kind and supportive she was to me, especially when I first started doing television segments with her on the CBC Edmonton news. She was such a positive person, so approachable. I learned so much from her about public speaking and connecting with a broader audience. Adrienne was the one who offered me a regular spot on the news to talk Oilers and was so encouraging – and her support continued over the years.

Looking back now, I realized how much effort she would put into the Oiler segments to make it better for the audience, really challenging me and others along the way. She would always push for new topics to discuss, wanting to go past the main storylines around the Oilers. Knowing that I liked talking about stats, she worked with the CBC team to develop television graphics and slides that we could present – again, wanting to do more than simple box-score stats. And to make our segments interactive, Adrienne had set-up Facebook Live sessions where viewers could send in questions about the Oilers and I would share my thoughts. She was so professional and cared a lot about her work and what was presented, and pushed those around her to be better as well. I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunities she gave me and the support she provided along the way.

My deepest condoloences to her family and friends. And all of her colleagues at CBC Edmonton.

We’ll miss you, Adrienne.

CBC Radio Active: Oilers lose two in a row for the first time this season

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their start to the season. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2021, December 6).

Topics we covered:

  • Issues at five-on-five, and what they’ll need to address to have sustainable success.
  • The Oilers bottom six forwards and their terrible results.
  • The Oilers poor start to games.
  • Upcoming match against the Minnesota Wild and the importance of turning things around.

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Oilers are fun to watch but is it sustainable?

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their start to the season. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2021, November 9).

Topcis we covered:

  • Team and fan expectations of the Oilers this season.
  • The potent powerplay and if it’s sustainable.
  • Stuart Skinner starting his second NHL game.
  • Issues at even-strength and what they’ll need to address to have sustainable success.

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Fans back at Rogers Place

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their free agency activities. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2021, September 28).

Topics we covered:

  • Oilers first home pre-season game and the first one with fans in the building since March 11, 2020.
  • Management’s off-season approach of adding veterans to the roster, where the strengths are in the roster and the weaknesses.
  • Key prospects on the team and where they could fit this upcoming season.
  • Goaltending and why the team needs to be looking for help.
  • What to watch for this season (even-strength scoring without McDavid on the ice, line combinations, prospects and the penalty kill)

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!

CBC Radio Active: Oilers busy on day one of NHL free agency

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the Oilers and their free agency activities. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2021, July 28).

Topics we covered:

  • The signings of Zach Hyman, what he brings to the team and the risks associated with the contract.
  • Trading away Ethan Bear to make room for veteran defencemen, and what to expect from forward Warren Foegele.
  • Re-signing Tyson Barrie and his actual impact on the team.
  • Signing Cody Ceci, and if he can fill Adam Larsson’s role (short answer: nope).
  • Chances of Evan Bouchard taking another step and playing meaningful minutes, and the barriers in place.
  • Remaining issues and how the front office remains the Oilers biggest deficiency.

Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!