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.


  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.

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

  2. great work, Carter!

    keep up the great work!


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