A barrel of would-be Edmonton Oilers battle for position as NHL preseason opens on home ice

Did you ever wonder why when everything else relating to hockey age goes by calendar year, the NHL Draft marches to its own rhythm, using September 15 at its cut-off point? That mid-month threshold always seems bizarre in June, when some guys with September birthdays are eligible and some are not, and about a quarter of all players drafted are still 17. But come the actual date, every single one of those draft picks has turned 18, and are ready and willing if not necessarily able to compete against men, as men. And there’s no chance of some kid, or his agent or parents, saying “hey I’m 18 years old and you’re not allowing me to play? I’ll sue!” as one theoretically might if the draft deadline had been, say, 2000 Dec 31. The underlying logic is legal in nature, even as it makes something of a mess of the process. Read More …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

      

Edmonton Oilers training camp, Day 4: Evan Bouchard steals the show at Joey Moss Cup

Yes, Evan Bouchard doesn’t turn 20 until next month. Yes, the Edmonton Oilers have committed to “over-ripening” their prospects to ensure their ultimate readiness for the NHL. And yes, today’s scrimmage was merely the Joey Moss Cup, in a format that excluded full-time NHLers from seeing action. Read More …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports