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01-01-2013, 07:45 PM
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Brand New Machine
Following Steve Tambellini's failed Oil Change, the Edmonton Oilers were in desperate need of a management change. Here's a look back, under the leadership of Tambellini.

Record: 38 W - 35 L - 9 OTL - 85 PTS
Goals for: 202
Goals against: 219
Playoffs: Did not qualify

Starting Lineup
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky [A]
Magnus Paajarvi - Shawn Horcoff [C] - Ryan Jones
Ben Eager - Eric Belanger - Darcy Hordichuk

Ryan Whitney [A] - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Corey Potter
Ladislav Smid - Theo Peckham

Devan Dubnyk
Nikolai Khabibulin

Free Agent Signings:
G Marty Turco
C Broc Little
C Jack Connolly
LW Nikita Filatov
G Dwayne Roloson

Surprising alterations in the lineup includ keeping Justin Schultz with the Barons for one year, moving Paajarvi up to the big club, and keeping 1st overall draft choise Nail Yakupov with the Sarnia Sting.

One week before the trade deadline, Tambellini made a shocking move, swapping fan favourite Ryan Smyth for New Jersey's first round pick in the upcoming draft. During another tearful exit from Edmonton, Captain Canada had this to say: "I'm very disappointed to once again be leaving my home. I had been assured that I would be able to finish my career in Edmonton, and feel that I had been contributing to the future of the Oilers." Following the trade, Kristian Huselius was signed to replace Smyth on the second line.

On the day of the deadline, veteran goaltenders Nikolai Khabibulin and Marty Turco were dealt to different team. Turco was moved for a second round pick from the Ducks, who were unsatisfied with Swedish netminder Viktor Fasth, while Khabibulin returned a second rounder from the Bruins, hoping to solidify their crease for a playoff run. Tambellini wasn't finished yet, as he sold off Corey Potter to the Coyotes, for a third round pick.

Prior to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Tambellini was offered a 1st in 2013 and a 2nd in 2014 from the Blackhawks for winger Ales Hemsky, which he couldn't refuse. With Nail Yakupov ready to join the Oilers next season, they needed to make room on the wing. Former free agent signing Kristian Huselius and the Oiler's 4th rounder were also traded, to the Washington Capitals for their 2013 2nd.

2013 Entry Draft
Notable draftees include:
TWF Sean Monahan - 1st round (3) All-around centre taken after MacKinnon and Jones. Expected to take over second line center in the future.
OFD Ryan Pulock - 1st round (8) Wheat Kings defenceman shows his prowess on the powerplay, but is adept at playing in all situations.
PLY Morgan Klimchuk - 1st round (30) Coming from the same club as Jordan Eberle, Regina Pats alum Klimchuk makes great passes.

OFD Jordan Subban - 2nd round (33) Youngest of the Subban brothers, Jordan was taken higher than expected after a less-than-spectacular season with the Belleville Bulls.
TWF Tanner Eberle - 2nd round (42) An extended cousin of Oilers star Jordan, Tanner plays a different game, relying on grit rather than finesse.
GRN Viktor Nikitin - 2nd round (49) Russian right winger was drafted for his defensive abilities, as well as his speed.
SNP Juuso Ikonen - 2nd round (51) Finnish sniper is expected to return his hometown club, the Espoo Blues, in the SM-liiga for at least one more year.

TWF Kyle Wong - 3rd round (68) A jack of all trades, Wong is able to play all three forward positions, but specializes in the faceoff circle.
PLY Adam Tambellini - 3rd round (88) Son of General Manager Steve, Adam was drafted earlier than many predicted, and was a questionable decision.


Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks
Calder Cup: Oklahoma City Barons
President's Trophy: Ottawa Senators
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Chicago Blackhawks
Prince of Wales Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins
Art Ross Trophy: Jason Spezza (OTT)
Hart Memorial Trophy: Steven Stamkos (TBL)
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Joni Pitkanen (CAR)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Steven Stamkos (TBL)
Calder Memorial Trophy: Teuvo Teravainen (CHI)
Conn Smythe Trophy: Corey Crawford (CHI)
Vezina Trophy: Cam Ward (CAR)
William M. Jennings Trophy: Roberto Luongo (VAN)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Robert Scuderi (LAK)
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
Ted Lindsay Award: Cam Ward (CAR)
Maurice Richard Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin (WSH)

2012-2013 Summary
Devan Dubnyk was counted on to play the majority of the game, and that he did. Playing 78 games, Dubnyk posted a 2.39 GAA and .923 SV%, along with 6 shutouts. Dwayne Roloson was brought back into organization, and provided stability in Oklahoma City, ultimately winning the Calder Cup. Moves are expected to be made to alter the look of the bottom six, adding more players that are able to provide the sligest of offence, rather than just the hard-hitting Eager and Hordichuk.

The draft was an interesting one for the Oilers, as they picked up several players that others believe would have been available at a later time, including Subban, Eberle, Nikitin, and Tambellini.

The Blackhawks captured their second cup with Toews at the helm, sweeping Crosby's Penguins in four games. The Russians reclaimed their crowns, with Ovechkin as top goalscorer and Datsyuk as best defensive forward. Joni Pitkanen put up an astonishing 10 goals, 44 assists, good for 54 points.
their trophy wins.

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