Lowetide

Recent Blog Posts

THE OILERS AND THE USA (2017 DRAFT)
Posted
In the seven years before Peter Chiarelli’s arrival in Edmonton, the Oilers averaged one player from an American league per draft. In the two years since he became general manager, the club has drafted four players. That spike could be misleading, American teams are providing more talent th...
Published at Lowetide
DIAMONDS IN THE DEW
Posted
DIAMONDS IN THE DEW
I learned a lot about hockey from my Dad. He would commend good plays, call bad players ‘dummies’ or ‘mutts’ and didn’t much like young players at all. I’ve told you this before, but that was an early tell about Bobby Orr. He didn’t say a negative thing a...
Published at Lowetide
STOP BREAKING DOWN
Posted
Although we have miles to go before the final list is complete (I will post my final list in early June again, so I can enjoy other lists and rankings without worrying about being biased), today’s update has two things that make it worth (hopefully) the read. First, the regular seasons are ...
Published at Lowetide
HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT
Posted
Oh those Saturday nights! Back in the 1980’s, you could be assured of one thing when heading to Northlands Coliseum on a Saturday night: It was going to be a fun game. The NHL is a tighter league now, the room  to wheel has been coached out of the game, and oxygen is in short […]
Published at Lowetide
G75 2016-17: AVALANCHE AT OILERS
Posted
The Edmonton Oilers are now driving toward clinching a playoff spot and that could come as early as Tuesday. Added to that major news item is the possibility of pushing up the Pacific Division standings as teams ahead and behind sputter. Connor McDavid has a chance to win the scoring title and is...
Published at Lowetide
TROUBLE ON GARCES HIGHWAY?
Posted
I love old movies. Old movies mean a more leisurely story and each frame gives us a look back in time. Old Coke signs, the cut of a Cary Grant suit, what you could buy for $1.95. I’ve been thinking about Jesse Puljujarvi over the last while. He plays his home games about 37 minutes […]
Published at Lowetide
DON’T WORRY BABY
Posted
Sometimes in life, when you need it, God gives you a Colorado—and it turns into an Avalanche, the good kind. Such was the case in Denver. For much of last night, I reverted to ‘grumpy Lowetide’ and turned the air blue. The dog learned some new phrases, and if there were a swear  jar, ...
Published at Lowetide
G74 2016-17: OILERS AT AVALANCHE
Posted
Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. A game that had been built up (some said ‘game of the year’!) beyond its actual importance, the Oilers started well and then threw a shoe. McDavid owned the game early and late, but Cam Talbot couldn’t make a...
Published at Lowetide
G73 2016-17: OILERS AT DUCKS
Posted
There are a few things about this spring that are going to be different around here. Draft coverage is going to be sporadic and limited. Game day threads will increase by at least four, and we are going to have to discuss the possible summer transactions while other things are going on. So, even ...
Published at Lowetide
IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Posted
Before the 1994 draft, Glen Sather told his scouts he didn’t need a home run at No. 4 and No. 6, but both prospects chosen needed to be bona fide and play feature roles in the NHL for a long time. At No. 4 the team Jason Bonsignore, and it was not a successful choice. […]
Published at Lowetide