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Today’s team: Edmonton Oilers
2014-15 record: 24-44-14, 6th in the Pacific
How they finished: Did not make the playoffs
Coach: Todd McLellan (1st season)
Notable additions: C Connor McDavid, G Cam Talbot, D Eric Gryba, LW Lauri Korpikoski, C Mark Letestu, D Andrej Sekera
Notable subtractions: C Boyd Gordon, C Derek Roy
Schedule against the Capitals: Fri. Oct. 23 at Edmonton, Mon. Nov. 23 at Washington
Outlook: It took them four tries, but it finally looks like the Edmonton Oilers landed the right guy with their fourth number one overall draft pick in the last six years.
Connor McDavid had 44 goals and 76 assists in 47 games in the OHL last season and appears to be the transformational talent bad teams dream of, the kind of player that can resurrect a franchise the way Alex Ovechkin did for the Caps or...that other guy did for Pittsburgh.
Before you start planning the parade, however, let's not forget that this is a team that has not made the playoffs since 2006. They have a lot of question marks that McDavid by himself does not address.
The key word for the Oilers this season is 'potential.'
The Oilers will turn to Cam Talbot in net after trading for him in the offseason. The 28-year-old netminder's NHL career consists of 57 games. That's it. He has looked great in those games posting a .931 save percentage, so he has the potential to be a very good starting goalie, but there's no guarantee he can handle being the number one guy. Was he as good as he looked last season or did he benefit from playing for the eventual President's Trophy winners?
Defensively, Andrej Sekera is a great addition. Expect him to be paired with Justin Schultz who has struggled mightily in his NHL career. The Oilers signed him to only a one-year deal in the offseason making this essentially a make or break year for the young blueliner.
Oscar Klefbom is also a player to keep an eye on. At only 22, he has real potential to be a top defenseman and will likely play on the team's second pair.
Both players have potential to be top four or even top pair defensemen, but Schultz has not lived up to his potential and Klefbom is only just beginning his NHL career.
When the Oilers won the draft lottery, many speculated whether the team would try to trade away Nail Yakupov or Taylor Hall. Instead, the OIlers kept both and with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, will boast four number one overall picks in the offensive lineup this season. Add in young forwards Jordan Eberle (25) and Anton Lander (24) and you have the makings for a championship caliber junior team.
All kidding aside, the Oilers have compiled a lot of intriguing pieces. They just need to figure out who fits where and begin building a team with an actual identity. The hiring of Todd McLellan is a good move, but he has his work cut out for him.
Expectations: Yes, the Oilers have McDavid, but it took Ovechkin three seasons to make the playoffs and Crosby two. This year will not be about reaching the postseason, but finding who fits where.
Edmonton finally has a franchise player to build around and a lot of other good pieces, they just need turn it all into a team. That's usually not a process you can finish in a single season.
The Oilers will be fun to watch this season, but they have a lot of work to do before they can start thinking about the playoffs.
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