The recent dust-up on Twitter and on the chat sites over the Leon Draisaitl contract situation with the Edmonton Oilers seems like the perfect excuse to pull out one of my all-time favorite quotations, by British actress Pam Ferris. It goes something like this:“The older I get, the less I know”. The essence of that quote is a healthy distrust of those who should know nothing about a subject but who apparently (if we are to believe what they tell us) know everything.
For years (for decades, really) the NHL ranks had been dominated by Canadian-born players. It was only since the mid-70’s that Europeans, and even Americans, started making real inroads, first in the WHA, and then increasingly in the NHL. Over the course of time, our Edmonton franchise has been blessed to have some of the very best Canadian-born stars ever, in Oilers silks. But who were the very best Canadians, to ever don Oilers gear?
I’m not sure whether it stings more or less, to watch the four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and realize that the 2016-17 edition of the Edmonton Oilers would have had a puncher’s chance against any of them. No, it has been many post-seasons since a Oilers General Manager has had so relatively little to do. I choose those words advisedly. We all know that each NHL G.M. has a summer shopping list longer than he has days, weeks and months in which to complete it.
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Selecting a term
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