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.
Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen defying odds in breakthrough season
When then-Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli gave Koskinen a three-year, $13.5 million deal just days before getting fired last spring, there were a lot of reasons why the hockey world just could not fathom it. But somewhere, in a summer that saw him turn 31, Koskinen’s game improved tremendously.
Oilers focused on finding consistency after NHL's Thanksgiving milestone
Since 2005-06, the 16 teams in a playoff position in the NHL at American Thanksgiving have made the playoffs 76 per cent of the time. Right now, the Edmonton Oilers look poised to continue that trend. Just don't tell them that — their focus is on staying consistent to make sure it happens.