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07-16-2012, 01:31 PM
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Hall and Ebs enter their 3rd seasons. No sophomore slumps last year, I think we can expect 60-70 points and probably more in a full season from them both.
Hemsky had his worst year ever in terms of production.
Khabibulin was abysmal for his final 20 or so starts.
Yakupov comes in as a the no.1 overall pick. Past 5 no.1 picks have produced:
Stamkos - 23-23-46
Essentially, the Oilers should improve substantially if only through experience (RNH, Hall, Eberle, Dubnyk, Smid, Petry), talent increase (Schultz and Yakupov) and most importantly goaltending (Dubnyk).
If they can keep Khabibulin on the bench for 65 or more games, they will contend for a playoff spot. I still expect the Oilers to finish about 10-12th in the West, but only out of 8th by 6 or so points. I see Columbus and Anaheim being the most likely teams to sit at the bottom of the Western standings next season.
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