How Improved Are The Oilers.
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08-19-2013, 04:43 PM
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I think the key point to consider, is that all of the Oilers core are under 25 years old. All of Hall, RNH, Eberle, Yakupov, Gagner & Schultz should continue to improve given their age. The addition of Perron gives us another younger top 6 player which will provide further depth.
Bottom 6 will be about the same IMO. We lose Horcoff, and replace him with Gordon who's a better fit for a 3rd line center role. Belanger's departure is an addition by subtraction, and the only thing we'll miss is his faceoffs.
Goaltending is a wash from last year IMO. Dubnyk is what he is, and replacing Khabi with Laberbera won't see any impact.
Our D should be better, although not susbstantially.
I am nervous about getting a rookie NHL head coach, but I think Eakins will be an improvement over Kreuger.
Bottom line, this team should be better than last year. Whether it's enough for a playoff spot remains to be seen.
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