Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oilers Update - #93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

It appears that the 2011 1st Round Draft Pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, will make his imminent NHL debut with #93 on his back.

Nugent-Hopkins, appeared at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto while wearing the legendary Oilers Retro sweater, along with his full hyphenated last name.  

Below is a video provided by where we see Nugent-Hopkins talking about getting his picture taken for his rookie card.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Oilers Update - Oh I remember that! Ryan Smyth loses teeth.

Hello hockey fans, I hope you are enjoying the final days of summer!  

Today on "Oh I remember that!" we are going to head back to the 2006 Stanley Cup Play-Offs, when the #1 hated Ex-Oiler decided to play dentist on tough-as-nails Ryan Smyth.

Being down a goal in the 2nd period, Dr. Chris Pronger had the puck behind the net and without thinking "did-the-right-thing" by attempting to clear the puck out of his zone to kill some time off of the Sharks power-play.  However, his patient Captain Canada just happened to intercept the errant puck utilizing his mouth.

Smyth went down with gloves in his face and stood up after wincing in pain for 9 whole seconds. Like the good Canadian kid that he his, Smyth skated off of the ice without the aid of trainer Ken Lowe.

Aren't we all glad that Ryan Smyth is back where he is supposed to be.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oilers Update - Taylor Hall Injury Update - Duane Sutter

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall revealed to the media about his off season, health and expectations for the coming year.

There is little doubt in my mind that Taylor Hall will come out flying as soon as he steps on the ice when the season begins.  Before, his first career tilt with Derek Dorsett on March 3rd 2011, the hockey world was just beginning to get a sniff of what Taylor Hall can accomplish.  Just moments before he dropped the mitts, Hall nearly scored a highlight reel goal after undressing Fedor Tyutin of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Also, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini announced that he has added Duane Sutter to the scouting staff.   

“We are absolutely thrilled to be adding someone of Duane’s caliber to our scouting staff.  Duane brings a vast knowledge of the game and will complement our staff very well.” said Tambellini.

Sutter joins the club after being part of the Calgary Flames where he was the Director of Player Personnel between 2008-2011.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Oilers Update - Taylor Hall Hat Trick. Oh I remember that!

T.G.I.F!!!!  That's right.  It's time for "Oh I remember that!"

Today, our trip down memory lane will be a short one.  On February 19th 2011 the Edmonton Oilers were down by 2 goals against the now defunct Atlanta Thrashers after two periods.  

Early in the 3rd the Oilers were granted a 4 on 3 man advantage when rookie Taylor Hall decided to play magician by scoring his first NHL "natural" Hat Trick to put the Oilers ahead 4-3.  Fellow Oiler  Ales Hemsky, then provided 5th and final goal with an empty-netter.

What was absolutely magical about the young mans heroics was that all three goals all happened on the power-play. 


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

An excerpt from the Edmonton Oilers website as written by Dan Rosen from 


Last season: 25-45-12, 62 points (5th place Northwest, 15th place Western)
Additions: Eric Belanger, C; Ryan Smyth, LW; Ben Eager, LW; Darcy Hordichuk, LW; Cam Barker, D; Andy Sutton, D; Yann Danis, G
Subtractions: Andrew Cogliano, C; Kurtis Foster, D; Colin Fraser, C; Zack Stortini, RW; Jason Strudwick, D; Steve MacIntyre, LW; Jim Vandermeer, D; Jean-Francois Jacques, LW
Up-and-comers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C; Jeff Petry, D; Linus Omark, LW; Teemu Hartikainen, LW; Alex Plante, D; Colton Teubert, D

Despite being the No. 1 pick, Nugent-Hopkins is not guaranteed a roster spot on this Oilers team mainly because general manager Steve Tambellini has provided the club depth at the center position with Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Belanger and Gilbert Brule. If Nugent-Hopkins doesn't make the club, it'll be the first time in 20 years that a forward drafted No. 1 didn't jump straight to the NHL.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Getty Images)
To make playing Nugent-Hopkins worthwhile, Oilers coach Tom Renney would have to play him on the first or second line. That means he'd have to knock either Gagner or Horcoff out of the top six. It's not impossible, and Tambellini even opened a roster spot for Nugent-Hopkins by trading Cogliano to Anaheim.

The Oilers have obviously had issues up and down their lineup for two seasons, and Tambellini feels he addressed some by bringing Smyth back and adding Eager to the fourth line as well as Sutton and Barker to the blue line. Sutton or Barker will likely be a second-pair defenseman along with Ladislav Smid, who re-upped for two more seasons this summer.

No matter what the veterans do, the success or failure of Edmonton's 2011-12 season will be measured in the development of its young core. Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi, Jordan Eberle and Omark are all coming off promising rookie seasons. If Nugent-Hopkins can effectively join in that core at the NHL level this season, the Oilers will be a step closer to becoming a contender again.

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Author: Dan Rosen | Senior Writer

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oilers Update - Rick Rypien found dead.

According to CTV Vancouver (, former Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien was found dead in his home early this evening.

More details to follow about the cause of death.

After playing 9 games with the Canucks last season, Rypien was sent to the Manitoba Moose for conditioning following an injury.  He later signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Winnipeg Jets.

Rypien is the latest NHL player to have passed since Derek Boogaard.  Boogaard passed away three months ago after ingesting a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.

Rypien was 27. 

Our condolences to the Rypien family.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Oilers Update - "Oh I remember that!" Roli and Peca!

Hello Oilers Nation!  And of course to those who have stumbled upon my blog.

Tonight! I am typing to you from beautiful Seattle, Washington.   For the weekend, I am here to catch a ball game and to also "baby-sit" my friends during my brother's stag!  As the children take their little naps, I figured I'd sneak away and provide you with an other addition of "Oh I remember that!" 

I will keep this short and sweet as I do not want my ramblings to interfere with some serious drinking time. 

I am so glad you all understand!

We are going to break away from #99 and turn our attention to something which happend during that magical Stanley Cup run in 2006. 

The goal I am about to show you was one of my absolute favorites during 2006 play-offs. In my opinon this goal was one which stood out for me during the play-offs and one I think deserved some more credit than it recieved many moons ago.

The play was simple: Goaltender Dwayne Roloson decided to kill some time on the Ducks' power-play by dumping the puck into the Ducks' zone.  However, the attemped aerial "dump-in" immeadiatly converted into a pass to Micheal Peca who went in all alone on Sebastian Giguere to put the Oilers up 1-0.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Oilers Update - "Oh I remember that!" Pro Stars Wayne Gretzky

This week on "Oh I remember that!" is something I am positive you eaten at least once in your life. There is no secret, I used to tug on my mother's shirt to convince her to buy me that toy or box of cereal whilst shopping. My tricks were simple I would: administer a slight tantrum and/or unleash my brown, puppy dog eyes upon her and for some reason, my mother obliged.

General Mills', Pro Stars was a hit within my family of 4 children and definitely the one cereal I needed to have while watching Muppet Babies and Pee Wee's Play House on a Saturday morning. 

After watching this commercial, I remembered just how good the cereal was, until I realized that Pro Stars was nothing but star shaped Honey Nut Cheerios! 

Oh I am sure there was more than a touch of sweetness there...honey!!!!!!

Those bastards!


This Sunday! H.O.P.E. Honorable mention goals!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Oilers Update - Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E. - Jordan Eberle

Happy Monday.

Oilers Update experienced some technical difficulties yesterday which made it impossible to bring to you the 4th and final installment of the "Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E."

However, without further adieu here is the final goal brought to you by the letter "E" for Eberle.

Eberle, Jordan 
May 15 1990
Height 6'0"
Weight 185
Regina Canada
Drafted 22nd Overall 2008 NHL Draft
NHL Stats 18(g) 25 (a) 43 (p) in 69 games

The Game

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

Oct 7th 2010

Eberle Scores his first NHL goal in his first NHL Game.
Anatomy of the Play:

Early in the 3rd period, the Calgary Flames were looking to tie the game at one a piece with a power play goal.  With the puck loose behind Nikolai Khabibulin's net, Jim Vandermeer collected the puck and calmly banked the puck off the boards to find Eberle's stick.  With speed, Eberle went in on a two one with Shawn Horcoff and well you know the rest...

Eberle's brilliant play, instantly became an highlight reel goal and was voted by many hockey fans to be the best goal scored within 2010/11 season.

Next Sunday! Honorable mention goals by H.O.P.E.