Welcome to the annual wrap-up of the most-read articles of the last year!
The seventh most read article of the year came right at the start of this season when the Oilers set their roster.
It was a tight squeeze for the Oilers to get everything to work, and until just this last week they finally begun carrying a full 23-man roster.
Here’s some of what I wrote about the opening day roster that featured Philip Broberg being sent to the AHL:
The biggest caveat here: the expectation is that Broberg will soon be assigned to the Bakersfield Condors, and Markus Niemelainen will replace him.The move is significant. Broberg entered Oilers camp with a spot to lose and unfortunately, he did just that. He came into camp this year with some extra muscle that he put on in the offseason, but it seems like he has yet to learn how to play with it.He looked shaky throughout the preseason missing easy plays and being caught out of position. His assignment to the Condors might actually be a good thing. In Edmonton, the expectation would be that he would play on the Oilers’ third pairing alongside Tyson Barrie.Now, he’ll get a chance to head to Bakersfield and play upwards of 25-minutes a night in all situations He should be able to get powerplay minutes and spend time on the penalty kill.Playing against lesser competition, Broberg will be able to learn how to play with his size a little bit better. He played 23 NHL games last year, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him be an early recall to the big club this season.In net, as expected, Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner will form the Soup and Stu combination in net.The Oilers’ opening day roster of 21 players will allow them to maximize their LTIR performance bonus pool with them being $167 from the upper limit with $7,116,833-million in LTIR use. This is with Oscar Klefbom, Mike Smith and Tyler Benson on the LTIR.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]