So instead of my weekly links post last night, I took a look back at the crazy weekend that was for the Edmonton Oilers. You can read the whole post here, but my point was that even though the team didn’t address any NHL needs, they still had a very good weekend.
So, a day late, I’m back with the weekly links. This is a big week as free agency opens Friday and teams are free to talk with pending UFA’s as we speak. Without further ado, here are this week’s posts from around the Oilers blogging community.
Top 20 Time: Our pal Lowetide is at it again with his summer top 20 prospects list. Without giving too much away, LT goes in-depth past #20 and the 2016 draft is well represented. This is one of my favorite blog posts of the off-season because it updates and educates the reader on the bubbling under group in the Oiler organization. While there is no surprise in the top two, prospect number three is a bit of a shocker.
Looking Deeper: We all know the big name targets for the Oilers on defense, but there are some lesser known names who could also really help the club. Alan Hull over at The Copper n’ Blue takes a look at some of the under-valued trade and free agent targets.
Yak is Back?: The Edmonton Oilers didn’t trade Nail Yakupov this past weekend, and GM Peter Chiarelli said that the forward DIDN’T come to him and request a trade. Is it possible that, after all the rumors, Yakupov returns to Edmonton next season? Jonathan Willis takes a look at the possibility over at OilersNation.
The Curious Case of Mark Fayne: Mark Fayne was a big-ticket UFA signing for the Oilers just two summers ago. After two underwhelming seasons with the club and a stint in the AHL, some are calling for the defender to be bought out. Dave O’Brien takes a look at the curious case of the player over at Oil on Whyte.
How Can The Oilers Get a Defender?: This is the big question for this off-season, how can the Edmonton Oilers acquire a defender to help them in 2016-17? David Staples of the Cult of Hockey blog asks that question and points to the team’s 2017 first round pick as the piece.