Thursday, October 6, 2016

Edmonton Oilers season preview



Like all of the NHL teams, the Edmonton Oilers saw free agency as a way to improve their team. But unlike some teams, Edmonton was thinking bigger. That's why they signed LW Milan Lucic to a 7 year deal. Lucic is a perfect scoring/tough guy to go along with the newly-named captain Connor McDavid. Lucic can't only protect McDavid but he can score too. Lucic only has to drive to the net to get a pass from McDavid and score. The Oilers made a questionable trade in the offseason when they traded LW Taylor Hall to the Devils in exchange for only D Adam Larsson. The Oilers did badly need a guy like Larsson but they could've gotten a lot more besides Larsson. The depth in their defensive core was hurt when Nikita Nikitin (KHL) and Adam Clendening (NYR) both left. They signed D Mark Fraser but he's not going to really fill those spots. They signed depth forward Taylor Beck and F Kris Versteeg is on a tryout to improve offensive depth but Edmonton doesn't need that too much. Goalie Cam Talbot isn't good enough to be a starter but Edmonton has him playing as their starter. They signed backup Jonas Gustavsson to a one year deal. In the 2016 NHL draft, the Oilers selected RW Jesse Puljujarvi with the 4th overall pick. While the Oilers could have used D Olli Juolevi, Puljujarvi is a steal at no. 4. While playing with McDavid and Lucic is uncertain, this kid has a future playing with C Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers projected lines look like this:
Milan Lucic- Connor McDavid- Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot- Leon Draisaitl- Nail Yakupov
Patrick Maroon- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- Jesse Puljujarvi
Anton Lander- Mark Letestu- Zack Kassian
On defense is:
 Oscar Kleftbom- Adam Larsson
 Andrej Sekera- Darnell Nurse
 Griffen Reinhart- Brandon Davidson
   Cam Talbot and Jonas Gustavsson are in net. LW Tyler Pitlick and D Mark Fayne are scratched. C Matt Hendricks and D Andrew Ference are injured.
   Finally, for my prediction, the Edmonton Oilers, a team on the rise, won't make the playoffs in 2016-17.

3 comments:

  1. Very good summary, Carter. Hard to believe you're only 10-years old. You definitely have a future as a writer, whether it's in sports or whatever else interests you.

    I'm an Oilers' analytics blogger for Beer League Heroes, so I follow the team closely. The defensive pairings after Klefbom-Larsson are still up in the air, but I believe Fayne is the most likely to play with Sekera. Reinhart is unlikely to make the team. I also sadly believe he will not be a top-4 NHL defenseman, and barely a bottom-pairing one. Also, Ference (because of chronic injury) announced his retirement a few weeks ago (Sept 16/16).

    Look forward to reading more of your material.

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    1. I've heard that Ference had been considering retirement but didn't know he actually retired

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  2. great work, Carter!

    keep up the great work!

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