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04-23-2013, 11:35 AM
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Next playoff-bound Alberta team?

In your opinion, which will be the next Alberta team to make the NHL playoffs?

Despite recent struggles, I think it will be the Oilers, as the major pieces are in place (on the top two lines). We need to add some complementary pieces (bottom six forwards, toughness and a couple of defensemen) and I think McT will make some strides this off season.

I think the way the Flames are performing right now is a mirage, being done by a group of jacked-up kids who are excited to be in the Show. Our forwards and starting goaltender (assuming Kipper retires) are better. Both defences need a lot of work and McT knows and will address that.

If I had to bet, Id say there is a 70-per-cent chance that the next Alberta playoff team will be the Oilers. At the start of this season, I would have said that the Oilers will be there in 2013-14, but its not looking too favourable now so Id setting that back a year (crap). The Flames are a few years away.


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