When we first launched OilersNation.com back in 2007 we intended on watching the Oilers return to the Cup Finals for the 2nd time in 3 years and become a perennial powerhouse of hockey. A model of consistency. A team studied by Coaches for a generation to come for “how to build a winning franchise.”  So when it became…


WWYDW: Replacing James van Riemsdyk

Monday we touched on the rather unfortunate matter of James van Riemsdyk being out for 6-8 weeks. At this point we’ve seen Josh Leivo promoted, and as far as Wednesday night’s game is concerned we’ll see Shawn Matthias joining Tyler Bozak and P.A. Parenteau on their line. 


LGD: Life After JVR

Embed from Getty Images It’s a weird feeling losing your top scorer and not really being fazed by it. The Leafs, who lost a tight seven-goal affair last outing against the Sharks, found out earlier this week that James van Riemdsyk is broken. Tonight, they face their first game without their 14-goal man- against the league’s…

TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #15 to #11

Embed from Getty Images #15 – Rinat Valiev Nobody was quite sure what to expect out of Rinat Valiev in his first professional season. The 20-year-old Russian had made a huge leap in his final year of junior, nearly doubling his point production to 46 points in 52 games while playing on a relatively weak…