Peter Chiarelli said in an interview from Europe that the paper transaction involving Ethan Bear was to maximize the amount of LTIR (Long Term Injured Reserve) relief that the Oilers would have upon placing Andrej Sekera on the LTIR list. I had no idea how that all worked and what he was talking about. LTIR…Continue Reading “Making Sense of Tuesday’s Roster Moves: An Explanation of LTIR”

Evan Bouchard has shown well in Oilers camp thus far. Oilers fans have their reservations about having Bouchard on the roster full-time in his draft plus one season. Bouchard had the highest scoring season of any defenceman drafted in the last decade last year, but some scouts have questioned the defensive side of his game….Continue Reading “Assessing the Merit of Bouchard Being an Oiler This Season”

In Part 1, I wrote about how some of the early cuts from the Oilers camp performed. Today, I’m writing about the players in battles for the remaining roster spots. We knew coming in to the camp that the battle for right wing positions would be interesting. McLellan revealed that he had a meeting with…Continue Reading “What We Have Learned in Training Camp So Far: Part 2 – Battles for Spots”

Labour Day has come and gone. There’s a noticeable chill in the air here in Edmonton. It’s a bittersweet time… summer is coming to an end, but training camp for the Oilers is right around the corner! The Oilers’ first pre-season game is two weeks from Monday. Here’s an updated look at the active roster…Continue Reading “Playoffs or Else for Chiarelli This Season? A Look Ahead to Summer 2019”

Peter Chiarelli made a couple of moves this week. He signed veteran winger Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout offer, which simply means that he is invited to training camp for an opportunity to earn a contract. He also signed defenceman Jakub Jerabek, who split time between Montreal and Washington last year. He played four…Continue Reading “With That, the 2018-19 Oilers Roster Appears to be Set”