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Is Evan Bouchard Ready?

From the day the Oilers selected Evan Bouchard there were whispers about whether or not he would see NHL games this year. My take was that the team would bring him to Europe for the start of the season, give him a handful of regular season games because of how difficult the first stretch of…

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Potential replacements for Andrej Sekera

It’s now official, Andrej Sekera will miss at least six months after injuring his Achilles while training during the offseason. That leaves the Oilers with five experienced NHL defensemen: Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larson, Darnell Nurse (RFA), Kris Russell, and Matt Benning.

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Fixing the Power Play

There’s a long list of areas that the Oilers need to improve next season if they want to compete for a playoff spot and a successful powerplay is close to the top of that list. When you’re a team that can throw Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on your top unit, and still have Ryan…

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How many jobs are up for grabs?

As proven by Dustin Nielson’s 20 line combinations in 20 days, the Oilers lineup is far from set in stone and there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to who could make the team out of camp. By my count, there are 17 players who are competing for 13-14 NHL jobs this fall.

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Will Puljujarvi break out?

The Oilers have a nice group of young players who will be looking to crack the team and make an impact this fall. Kailer Yamamoto, Evan Bouchard, Ethan Bear, and even Cooper Marody will all be given honest looks at training camp but none face the pressure that Jesse Puljujarvi does. Last year, the term…

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High/Low: The Fringe

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gone through every player who should have an impact on the Oilers and tried to guess what that players “ceiling” is, and also what their “floor” would be performance wise. In doing this, I’ll be making a few assumptions. The first being that the player stays healthy for the…

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High/Low: The Goalies

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over the…

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High/Low: The Defencemen

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs.

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High/Low: The Bottom Six Wingers

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over the…

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High/Low: The Top Six Wingers

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over the…

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High/Low: The Centres

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from multiple players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over…

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Avoiding a cap crunch in 2019

Handcuffed by a lack of cap space, it was a quiet start to the offseason by Oiler’s GM Peter Chiarelli. Quiet doesn’t mean bad, as he still managed to grab a pair of useful NHL forwards, which the team needed, but he didn’t go out and get the legitimate top-six winger that many hoped he…