Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oilers Update - Ralph Kreuger

Ralph Kreuger becomes the new Head Coach for the Edmonton Oilers.  GM Steve Tambellini announced that 52 year-old native of Winnipeg will take over the vacant spot for Tom Renney. 

Kreuger spent the last 2 seasons with the club as an associate coach and will finally get his chance to coach in big leagues.  Before joining the Oilers, Kreuger has been coaching the Swiss National squad between 1998 to the 2010.

"I know how much potential I feel there is in Edmonton.  I don't think there's any question there's a big upside.  It's there.  But it's going to take a lot of hard work in the next while to there." said Krueger in an interview with the Edmonton Sun.

Krueger becomes the 11th coach to serve the Oilers under the NHL.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oilers Update Nail Yakupov selected 1st Overall

Nail Yakupov is an Oiler!  For the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Oilers picked went up to the podium and chose the best available player of the NHL Draft.  The Russian right winger from the Sarnia Sting played a mere 65 games last season, yet the dynamic forward managed to put up an incredible 101 points with 49 goals and 52 assists.

"I feel great right now, excited to be in Edmonton, it's a great time in my life." said Yakupov after being drafted.  Yakupov is quite possibly the most ready player of the draft to dive into the NHL and put up some respectable numbers.  With Yakupov in the organization the hockey pundits and fans are just dying to see the top 3 picks with Hall and RNH will form and an extremely deadly first line in the future.

Yet, does he think he's ready to make the splash in Edmonton and swim with big fish with Hall and co., or sink like a Bonsignore? 

 "Yeah, why not? I have lots of time to work in the summer," he said. "I think I'm ready to play in the NHL. It's a great team, pretty young team. I saw a game in Detroit there and they showed great hockey. It's going to be a great team, plus me, maybe."

Maybe? You can bet this kid can and will make the starting line-up come October and you can bet that this team has more than just the potential to be great team or dare I say...create a dynasty?

Hmm, maybe.

But let's be real. The Oilers haven't made the play-offs in 7 long seasons and the team MUST find the post season in 2013.  Anything less than a play-off spot would definitely be a bust. The only thing the Edmonton Oilers can do is just work hard and work well with each other and play the game they love.

"I want to just work and show how I can play hockey. Help my team try and win every game. That's what I want."

Here is hoping for you to do well kid!

Congratulations to Nail Yakupov 2012 #1 Draft Pick

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oilers Update - Kings Reign

Congratulations to the 2012 Stanley

Also, a special congratulations to former Oilers, Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Colin Fraser, Dustin Penner and goaltending coach, Bill Ranford.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oilers Update - MacT Back in ETown

After being fired as head coach 3 years ago, the Edmonton Oilers have once again hired Craig MacTavish to become the organization's, senior vice-president of hockey operations. 

MacTavish comes back to Edmonton after spending one year as head-coach with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Wolves GM Wendell Young expressed his well wishes to MacTavish.

"The Chicago Wolves would like to thank Craig for all his contributions to the Wolves oragnization this past year.  We would also like to wish him and his family the best on his future endeavours."

MacTavish, led the Wolves to the post season only to lose in the quarter finals versus the San Antonio Rampage.  The Wolves completed their season with a 42-27-4-3 record.