The Edmonton Oilers should improve this season–I don’t really know anyone who is suggesting a downturn–but is there a consensus among us for the Oilers this season? Can we hang a number on our expectations?
I have the Oilers finishing 8th in the conference and losing in the first round to Los Angeles. Where do you have them finishing? If you’d like to share in the comments maybe we’ll re-visit at the end of the season and see who has it right (remind me).
Teams have to be down to 23 men by 3pm our time today, I think the Oilers will send Peckham to IR, which I believe means he won’t count on the roster but his cap hit applies. It’ll give Paajarvi half a chance to make his NHL debut before the trade deadline. I also believe Khabibulin starts on IR.
- G: Devan Dubnyk, Yann Danis.
- D: Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry, Nick Schultz, Justin Schultz, Ryan Whitney, Mark Fistric, Corey Potter
- C: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Eric Belanger
- L: Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Smyth, Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk
- R: Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Teemu Hartikainen, Lennart Petrell, Magnus Paajarvi
IR: Nikolai Khabibulin, Theo Peckham, Andy Sutton, Ryan Jones
Bob McKenzie says Wade Redden and Scott Gomez are likely to sign today. I don’t see either of them coming to the Oilers.
Of the 4 underagers likely to stick in the NHL this season (according to BM), two are Oilers (Nuge and Nail). The others are Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton. I wouldn’t count out the kid Montreal drafted, either.
I am so impressed with the Leafs. First, fans won’t pay a dime for the first home game–that’s a tremendous gesture–and second, they are apparently keeping both Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin. Toronto has a long history of dealing the future for the past, and sending away veterans and keeping younger players will benefit them long term. Send the kid Rielly back to the WHL, suffer through the growing pains and grab your lottery pick next summer.
I think the Oilers have done a fine job of lowering expectations for Justin Schultz. The guy was kicking ass in the AHL, but the Oilers and coach Krueger have re-framed the issue a little. He’s going to make mistakes and he is unlikely to get as many pucks through. Schultz is still a helluva talent and the best free agent signing for the Oilers in about forever.