Senior columnist Mark Spector is one of Canada’s leading sources for breaking NHL news. Regularly contributing to sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet magazine, Spector gives Canadian hockey fans exclusive insight to the goings-on in NHL franchises. He also acts as the sideline reporter for Sportsnet’s regional Edmonton Oilers broadcasts.
Pre-season or not, Oilers' success hinges on improving penalty kill
We get it — it’s not the real penalty-killing unit. But guess what? It was not the Canucks' real power-play unit either. This has been such a sore spot for this team for so many seasons, it’s mighty clear that if the penalty kill doesn’t get fixed, neither will the team.
With Oilers focused on results, Bouchard must turn potential into reality
The collective attitude of these Oilers is plain to see: Stats are nice, being in shape is great, and potential is also a handy attribute. But it’s about winning, and winning now. For star prospect Evan Bouchard, that means bring it on the ice, or don’t bring it all.
Nygard's patient pursuit of NHL dream leads to golden Oilers opportunity
Joakim Nygard isn’t like every other Swede who comes West searching for a National Hockey League job, but with his speed, skill and the Edmonton Oilers' need for a second line left winger, he may end up being what the team needs in their top-six