With all kinds of chatter about a 56-to-60 game schedule should the lockout end, Oiler fans will soon be reminded of the flaws on their team’s roster. I think the club gets a break with Nikolai Khabibublin being unready, as Yann Danis has been playing all along and is “in the zone” recently in OKC.
I believe Devan Dubnyk will establish himself as a solid starter (his .927 EV save percentage a year ago was tied for 13th among goalies who could be considered “regulars”) and build on last season. However, you always want a solid backup and at this point I think Danis is a better plan than Khabibulin (whose .913 SP at evens is well down the list).
If they ever settle this thing, I’ll reset the reasonable expectations, but here’s a reminder of what we talked about in the summer on RE:
It is also possible the Oilers will add a veteran defender to replace Andy Sutton, although the amount of time for activity and transactions between the lockout’s end and puck drop remains uncertain.