Are the Oilers Finally Playoff Contenders Again?

For the past few years, The Edmonton Oilers have been in rebuild mode. However, with the emergence of Connor McDavid and many other young players within the active roster, Olier’s fans are in for another exciting NHL season.
Key Additions:
Edmonton Oiler’s GM Peter Chiarelli and his staff have had another busy off-season, making several key additions. 2011 Stanley Cup champion, Milan Lucic signed a seven year deal with the Oilers back in July. The 28 year old forward is sure to provide plenty of speed, goals and grit to the Oiler’s squad this upcoming season. His playoff experience alone will encourage and help this very young Oiler’s roster. Milan Lucic is looking to have a bounce back season after a rather quiet year with the Los Angeles Kings. Lucic tallied 20 goals and 35 assists for the Kings last season.
Lucic will fit perfectly along-side center Connor McDavid or Jordon Eberle. Utilizing his size and grit on the powerplay and penalty kill will provide Head Coach Todd Mclellan with some much needed depth and experience in his special team’s lineup. All in all, this is a very good signing for the Edmonton Oilers.
Defenseman Adam Larsson was acquired from the New Jersey Devils in a trade that saw the departure of forward Taylor Hall. Although, many fans may have seen this as a huge mistake, the 23 year old, Larsson has plenty to offer his new team. Last season Larsson scored three goals and tallied 15 assists for the Devils. This kid isn’t afraid to shoot the puck and continues to improve each year. Larsson will fit in quite well on a line with Andrej Sekera or Mark Fayne.
The final key addition is goalie Jonas Gustavsson. This is an excellent, low risk signing that has provided a suitable backup goalie for starting goalie Cam Talbot. This is a guy with plenty of NHL experience and one who is used to filling the backup role. The 31 year old Gustavsson played 24 games with the Bruins last season, ending with a record of 11-9-1 and a save percentage of .908.
Moving forward:
Many of the other moves Chiarelli has made are consistent with the team’s philosophy to build from within the organization. The contract extensions of Jordon Oesterle and Tyler Pitlick are perfect examples. Overall, this young squad is sure to turn some heads again this season. If guys like Connor McDavid, Jordon Eberle and Cam Talbot can stay healthy, a wild card spot may be within this team’s reach this year. Todd Mclellan will be pushing his players to be far more consistent this season and will need a lot more contribution from his star forwards and powerplay units moving forward. Regardless, there sure is plenty to be excited about this season in oil country.