Edmonton Oilers: Spilling Their Way Into Training Camp

The Edmonton Oilers have missed the playoffs for the past couple of seasons after they made it to the playoffs in 2016-2017. General Manager Peter Chiarelli destroyed the personnel on that roster. He made several bad decisions and it caused the Oilers to fire him.

Chiarelli was also the general manager at one point in time for the Boston Bruins and he was also responsible for trading Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars back in 2013.

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Edmonton has also not drafted well in recent seasons and this is one of the reasons why it is hard for them to get to the postseason on a consistent basis.

Jesse Puljujarvi was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and he has turned out to be a bust. Pullajarvi has decided to play hockey overseas for the next season.

Dave Tippett is the new head coach for this team. Todd McLellan was fired last season and Ken Hitchcock took over as the interim coach.

Ken Holland is also the team’s new general manager. He has a monster mess to clean up personnel-wise and it is going to take him some time. Holland needs to surround Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with a better supporting cast.

McDavid and Draisaitl each recorded over 100 points last season. They are both going to wreak havoc across the NHL for the next decade.

The projected lines for the upcoming season for Edmonton will be Leon Draisaitl-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian, Alex ChiassonRyan Nugent-HopkinsJames Neal, Sam GagnerMarkus GranlundTomas Jurco, and Joakim Nygard-Jujhar KhairaJosh Archibald.

The projected defensive pairings will be Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse and Evan Bouchard, and Kris Russell and Matt Benning.

Mike Smith will be the starting goalie. Mikko Koskinen will be the backup goalie.

Some of the players that could potentially step up this season in case of injury will be Kyle Brodziak, Colby Cave, Gaetan Haas, and Joel Persson.

Milan Lucic was traded to the Calgary Flames during the offseason and it was huge that Edmonton was able to get his contract off the books. The Edmonton Oilers hope to be more of a speed and skill team. Not only for this season but for the long run as well.

The Pacific Division might be the weakest division in the NHL. This is a better roster than I thought it would be for Edmonton. They could compete for the third seed in the Pacific. I think that division will only send three teams to the playoffs this season. That is because the Central Division will most likely send five teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again.

The Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights are the two best teams in the Pacific Division. The third spot in that division will either go to the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks, or the Arizona Coyotes.

Edmonton has not announced a date for training camp yet. They will begin the preseason on Monday, September 16 against the Winnipeg Jets at home. The Oilers will begin the season at home on Wednesday, October 2 against the Vancouver Canucks.

How do you see the 2019 season playing out for the Edmonton Oilers? Leave a comment below.

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