Craig Mactavish and the Edmonton Oilers made a couple of moves on friday in an attempt to improve the team. First the Oilers traded stay at home Defensmen Ladi Smid and AHL goalie Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames for goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit and C Roman Horak. Mactavish followed up the trade with the UFA signing of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a 1yr 1.75M contract.
Coming into the off-season I identified the following as the key areas that Mact would need to improve the team: Top 6 LW: 20pts - Mactavish will need to sign a legit top 6 forward with NHL experience who has size, grit and skill to get full points. 3rd Line Center:15pts - To get full points here MacT will need to land a big 2-way center who can win faceoffs, kill penalties and provide secondary scoring Size in the bottom 6: 15pts - The Oilers need 2 or 3 bottom 6 wingers who can contribute secondary 5x5 scoring. Grit and size recommended.
This is a review of what the Edmonton Oilers did (and didn't) do at the 2013 NHL entry draft: Round 1 7th overall selection - The Oilers take Defensman Darnell Nurse 7th overall and while I've seen his name come up for the Oilers in a few mock drafts I really expected them to take a forward. The team is clearly weak at forward and has a real need for skilled players with size to complement the young forwards already in the system
Craig Mactavish and the Edmonton Oilers have selected Darnell Nurse 7th overall in the NHL entry draft. I honestly expected the Oilers would pick Nishushkin when they came to the podium with him still available and was actually a little disapointed when they didn't. I was however very releved that they used the pick rather than use it as a package to obtain Cory Schneider from the Canucks.
Craig Mactavish held a press conference today to announce that the team has fired head coach Ralph Krueger. Mactavish was adament at his opening press conference that he would not be firing the coach and that his approach would be to give Krueger the tools needed to get the job done, but apparently in his search to find an associate or assistant coach for Krueger Mactivish made the realization that the team needed to go in a different direction...
Signing Anton Belov to a 1 year entry level contract was the first move by Craig Mactavish in his quest to guide the Oilers into the playoffs next season. I'm going to evaluate the signing and assign a score out of 15 to Mact based on these rules. It appears as though Belov will fill the top 6 D-man role for this coming season which means Mactavish is eligble to score 15 points for the signing if the player
Craig Mactavish and the Oilers management have quite a daunting task ahead of themselves this off-season, they need to turn the Edmonton Oilers into a playoff team. Mactavish has set expectations high with his comments about making bold moves and has communicated his view of what the team needs quite effectively.
The Edmonton Oilers anounced today that they have signed 6'4, 219 pound defenceman Anton Belov to a one year entry level contract.