CBC Radio Active: Re-cap of the Oilers season

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to recap the Oilers season and what the priorities should be this summer. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, June 7)

Topics we covered:

  • The Oilers series against the Avalanche, where the team struggled and what their opponents did well.
  • The impact Jay Woodcroft has had on the team, reasons for their success and why it should be the Oilers top priority to bring him and Dave Manson back full-time.
  • Priorties for the management team this summer, including integrating analytics into their decision-making process, avoiding long term deals with free agents who are likely see a decline in their productivity, fixing defence and goaltending. And uncovering the players who can drive offence and improve the team’s odds of winning games.

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

CBC Radio Active: Re-cap of game one between the Oilers and Avalanche

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to recap game one between the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, June 1)

Topics we covered:

  • The Cale Makar goal at the end of the first period of game one and if it should have been offside or not.
  • The Oilers issues with game ones in the playoffs.
  • The Oilers goaltending, Mike Smith’s struggles, and if a change should be made for game two.
  • The areas for concern, what the Avalanche did well and where the Oilers defence struggled.
  • Potential roster tweaks the Oilers could make to find an edge, benefits of playing Dylan Holloway and potentially going with seven defencemen to reduce Nurse’s ice time.

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

CBC Radio Active: Previewing game two between the Oilers and Flames

I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to preview game two between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, May 20)

Topics we covered:

  • Why the Oilers struggled in game one, and the adjustments that the coaching staff will need to make.
  • The Oilers results at even-strength (5v5) and areas they’ll need to improve on.
  • With McDavid’s line taking on the Flames top line, the need for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to produce more and the importance of him playing on a line away from Archibald.
  • Mike Smith’s numbers and why he should be able to bounce back from a terrible start in game one.

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

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!

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!