Photo: Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations, Kevin Lowe, has done double duty this season as GM of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of
Leon T Switzer/ Icon SMI)
Hall of Fame defenseman Kevin Lowe has had anything but a quiet spring, once again taking over the task of putting together Team Canada’s roster for the World Championship. With his Edmonton Oilers not having made the Stanley Cup playoffs, Mr. Lowe was easy to spot at the U-18 World Championship a few times before bringing over the men’s team for a few test games prior to tournament play in Helsinki. Things looked very promising for Team Canada, which marched through the preliminary round with an OT loss to the USA being the only blemish in heading to a first place finish.
That all changed in the quarterfinals this afternoon when Canada surprisingly gave up a 3-2 lead late in the third period to suffer a shocking 4-3 loss to Slovakia. Read more»
Photo: Slovak Martin Marincin is one of several defensemen in the Oilers prospect pool who can potentially develop into a solid top-four option. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)
Below is the inaugural edition of Hockey's Future's prospect awards. There is a particularly diverse group of recipients, a reflection on an Edmonton prospect pool that is amidst a full rebuild.
Photo: After playing the 2009-10 season int he WHL, Toni Rajala returned to the SM-liiga where he has played since. In 2011-12, Rajala managed 16 goals and 13 assists with Ilves Tampere. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL)
Outside of 2011 first round pick Oscar Klefbom, the picture in Europe and in the NCAA for the Oilers is one of depth prospects and long shots. This is in part due to a preference for CHL players in the Stu McGregor draft era, and in part due to some of the higher quality Europeans and college picks (like Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, and Martin Gernat) making the move to the CHL after they were drafted. Beyond Klefbom, for whom the organization has high hopes, any of these players who become even a quality depth NHL player would be considered a bonus for the team.
Oscar Klefbom, D, Farjestads BK Karlstad (SEL) Read more»
Photo: Taken sixth overall in 2007, Sam Gagner may finally be starting to realize his immense offensive potential. In his last three games, Gagner has six goals and six assists including an eight point night on February 2nd. (Photo courtesy of NHL)
With a trio of picks in the first round, including the sixth pick overall, expectations were high for the Oilers to be able to pluck some key pieces in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Five years out, the results are disappointing to say the least.
Despite picking sixth, 15th, and 21st (after trading up from 30th and adding the 36th to make the move), the Oilers have emerged with only one quality NHL player from that bunch, Sam Gagner. The other two selections, Alex Plante and Riley Nash respectively, have been disappointments and may not ever become NHL regulars. It was also the last draft ran by former Oilers Head Scout Kevin Prendergast.
Sam Gagner, C, London (OHL) – 1st Round, 6th overall
Status: NHL Player
NHL Games Played: 336 Read more»
Photo: After a period of adjustment, Curtis Hamilton has looked solid in his first year of AHL play. Hamilton projects into a talented, multi-tool forward who could possibly complement star forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Oklahoma City Barons are the AHL's top team with a 22-8-1-3 record. The days of the Edmonton Oilers' farm teams being bottom feeders is long gone as the club has made a point both this season and last to put a winning team on the ice, committing to older players and AHL veterans rather than rely exclusively on young prospects. This season, led by players like Ryan Keller, Josh Green, Bryan Helmer, and Yann Danis, the Barons are the team to beat.