Season Preview: Edmonton Oilers depth chart
theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
Is this the year the perpetually rebuilding Edmonton Oilers finally rise to the ranks of the competitive?
A full season out of Connor McDavid will certainly give them a fighting chance, while a deep and talented forward corps, and a bona fide starting goalie may be enough to cover up apparent weaknesses that remain on the blue line.
Here's what the opening night roster may look like in Edmonton.
|Milan Lucic||Connor McDavid||Jordan Eberle|
|Patrick Maroon||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Nail Yakupov|
|Benoit Pouliot||Leon Draisaitl||Jesse Puljujarvi|
|Matt Hendricks||Mark Letestu||Zack Kassian|
- Kris Versteeg entered training camp on a professional tryout, and could have a good shot at landing an opening night roster spot as an experienced depth forward.
|Oscar Klefbom||Adam Larsson|
|Andrej Sekera||Mark Fayne|
|Darnell Nurse||Brandon Davidson|
- Eric Gryba returned to the Oilers on a PTO of his own heading into training camp.
- As much as Adam Larsson's addition was meant to bolster the blue line, this remains Edmonton's greatest area of weakness.
- Cam Talbot proved to be up to the task of stepping into a starter's role last season, but Jonas Gustavsson may not be solid enough insurance to afford him the rest he'll need if they hope for meaningful hockey late in the season.
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