Coach Todd Nelson told us that Taylor Hall is ‘day to day with a bone bruise’ and that’s good news for Oilers fans. Whatever else you think about Taylor Hall (I’ve found a wide range of opinions on this player, which is baffling), arguing the team is better without him is insane. I can’t imagine he’ll pass on the Buffalo game unless they put him in a straitjacket so will assume we’ll see Chance tomorrow.
Still can’t get over how well he’s playing lately and last night was splendid. Physical, reliable, rangy and speedy, I keep hoping MacT sees him good and has a change of heart. Never say never, and we know Dellow will be in there like a dirty shirt talking up the college man. Let’s not get our hopes up but if the coach and GM see a corner being turned? Music! Price won’t be cheap though. Thanks again Mr Tambellini.
California AHL realignment on the horizon: http://t.co/xLJDGD7zh2
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) January 28, 2015
All over the webs today, the AHL is moving west and until California slides into the ocean it looks like the NHL’s Pacific Division will also house an AHL division in the land of milk and honey. The Oilers may have a helluva team there next season (Nurse, Leon, others) but the other clubs are developing talent at a fever pitch too. It’s the first thing we can get a little excited about, as the head-to-head against AHL Kings and Ducks should by dynamite. Television? I’d subscribe.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 28, 2015
Leon’s back and should be able to put on quite a show for Edmonton fans. There are rumblings his defensive game is an issue in the WHL but these are early days. I don’t think we should worry too much, as Leon has the acumen to play the middle (we saw that in the NHL) so this might be a demotion hangover or a systems thing. Leon is delivering offensively (8gp, 4-8-12) and that’s the most important thing. Dominate offensively, have a deep run, come back next fall and start all over again. These months in junior are going to be important for Leon and the boxcars are mammoth. Have success at this level and then meet the next challenge.