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.
To dig into the Vancouver Canucks and the Pacific division, I was joined this week by Thomas Drance from The Athletic Vancouver!
Thomas shared his thoughts on the Canucks’ season, including how they stack up against the Pacific and what their short-term and long-term plans could potentially look like. We discussed the play of Elias Pettersson who has driven a lot of the Canucks success this season and what areas of the roster the Canucks might need to address to remain competitive.
I was joined by my friend Rex Codex Libris (@CodexRex) to talk all things Oilers, their recent winning streak and what some of the key drivers have been. We touched on the current roster composition, the emergence of prospects this season and how best to approach the trade deadline and the upcoming off-season. Rex also shared his insights on the NHL’s officiating standards and the issues the NHL faces due to their lack of rule enforcement.
Catherine shared her insights on the Arizona Coyotes season, how the roster has been constructed and the key drivers for their success thus far. I also got to learn about how the young core is progressing and the impact Taylor Hall has had as the club pushes for the top spot in the Pacific division. Catherine also gave her take on the Oilers goaltending situation and how best to deploy the Koskinen/Smith tandem.
Big thank you to Cat for her knowledge and insights!
This week on the podcast I was joined by Keith Anthony (@keyantonyo) to discuss the Bakersfield Condors and the Oilers prospect pool. Keith has done a lot of work keeping tabs on the Condors using video analysis and his own tracking data – you can find his past work at his blog: Petro Praxis. Definitely worth a follow on Twitter if you want to know how the Oilers prospects are doing.
Keith shared his perspective on player development and the Oilers overall approach under Ken Holland. We also discussed specific players who’ll be critical to the Oilers long-term success including Caleb Jones, Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Benson and William Lagesson.
This week on the podcast, I was joined by Minnia Feng, writer for The Athletic. Minnia and I chatted about the Oilers progress this season, areas for optimism and skepticism. We talked about how the fan experience in hockey compares to other leagues, including Minnia’s experience writing about other sports. We also discussed the changing relationships between professional players and coaches, and the evolving power dynamics between the two.