Oilers Notebook is a new series here at Hockey or Die; it will run every Tuesday morning and take a look at the last week from the perspective of the Edmonton Oilers. We will be looking at both mainstream and blogger views, and if there is a good site that’s been overlooked, let me know at jonathan dot willis at live dot ca or in the comments section below.

The Big Story: Devan Dubnyk Wins A Game

With the way the Oilers season has gone, the only records they’re likely to set at this point are of the negative variety. Rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk was one player who found himself staring down an unfortunate record when he started against Detroit on Friday night; he was perilously close to establishing a new record for minutes played from the start of a career without a win. In the end it took a shootout, but Dubnyk made 31 saves and two more in the skills competition to win the match for the Oilers. He followed that up with a strong effort against San Jose on Sunday, giving him back-to-back victories after 10 straight losses.


  • Given Jordan Eberle’s strong performance in Springfield, does he deserve an NHL cup of coffee to close out the season? [CanWest|Lowetide|Copper & Blue|Cult of Hockey]
  • The Oilers may not be as irredeemable as their record this season indicates, but while the roster might be fixable, there may not be reason to think that the current management group can get it done. [Black Dog Hates Skunks]
  • Some positive news on the injury front: both Ales Hemsky and Ryan Jones are skating again. [Oilers|Copper & Blue]
  • Even if a new downtown arena is built in Edmonton, Rexall Place may not be finished, as Northlands (the group which manages the arena) will consider other uses for the facility. [Cult of Hockey]
  • Andrew Cogliano is the answer. At least, he’s the answer if the question is ‘who is the worst faceoff man in the NHL since the league started tracking that stat?’ At least he’s scoring again. [Behind The Net|CanWest]
  • Theo Peckham left Sunday’s game against San Jose after taking a hit from Sharks defenceman Doug Murray and falling awkwardly into the boards. Dean Arsene has been recalled from Springfield on an emergency basis. [Oilers|Lowetide]
  • A proposed TV partnership between the Oilers, Canucks and Flames has fallen apart; the Oilers and Flames will continue to work together while Vancouver is out for the time being. [The Globe And Mail]
  • Bruce McCurdy looks at the Mark Messier trade, following up on an excellent David Staples article from last week. [Copper & Blue]
  • With the Oilers just now getting serious about rebuilding from the bottom up, which players on the current roster are worth keeping as the core of a rejuvenated team? [Lowetide]
  • Even in a season as bad as this one, there have been some highlights. A look back at the 10 best moments of the 2009-10 Oilers. [Cult of Hockey]
  • Oilers fans have been looking forward to the NHL Draft for months, with the burning question being which potential franchise forward the team should take: Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. Is it possible they could grab both? [Oilers Nation|Puck Daddy|The Hockey Writers]
  • Regardless of which player (or both) the Oilers take, they definitely shouldn’t select the dark horse third option, Cam Fowler. [Oilers Nation]
  • The Oilers minor league affiliate continues its search for a new name. This week, they draw inspiration from natural disasters. [Oilers Jambalaya|Copper & Blue]
  • A great interview with prospect Anton Lander in which he talks frankly about his weaknesses as a player, when he might come over to North America and his relationship with Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson. [Copper & Blue]
  • After gutting their blue-line, the Oilers can not afford to consider Tom Gilbert as expendable (especially given his underrated contribution to offence). Also, if you’ve wondered why Pat Quinn chews gum behind the bench, the reason at last: “to get the bitter taste of defeat out of his mouth.” [Oilers Nation|Cult of Hockey]
  • More proof that Dustin Penner is having a phenomenal season: he’s the runaway team MVP for the Oilers and may be one of the most valuable players to his team in the league. [On The Forecheck]