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Good to Have McDavid and Company Back

It would have been nice to see Team North America go on to face Canada in the World Cup of Hockey, but with a Russian victory over the Fins, I can't say I'm all that displeased. McDavid's North American squad will be disassembled and head back to their respective NHL teams to start training camp.


Coaches and Management


The return includes coach Todd McClellan and GM Peter Chiarelli who have a group of 61 players all trying to cement themselves positions on either the big club or somewhere in the system with a clear path toward a progressive 2016-17 season, wherever that may be. I'm sure the assistant staff could have run camp, but it will be nice to have the heavy hitters with the franchise from start to finish.

23 Man Roster


Photo By Connor Mah

Of the 61 players at camp, the Oilers have room for only 23. My list includes (in order by position):


  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  3. Leon Draisaitl
  4. Mark Letestu
  5. Anton Lander **
  6. Milan Lucic
  7. Benoit Pouliot
  8. Patrick Maroon
  9. Matt Hendricks
  10. Jordan Eberle
  11. Nail Yakupov **
  12. Jesse Puljujarvi
  13. Kris Versteeg
  14. Zack Kassian
  15. Oscar Klefbom
  16. Adam Larsson
  17. Andrej Sekera
  18. Brandon Davidson
  19. Mark Fayne
  20. Darnell Nurse **
  21. Eric Gryba
  22. Cam Talbot
  23. Jonas Gustavsson


Possible Changes

There are a couple possible changes (**). Anton Lander may get the nod ahead of Iiro Pakarinen, but he just as likely may not. Where Lander gets the nod for now, is that he can play center which gives the Oilers more options, but Lander has a short leash, to say the least.

Yakupov may also be on the move if Versteeg wins a spot (which I think he will). I'm not sure even if Versteeg is a lock for the team that Yak gets traded, but clearly, there are too many right-wingers in this scenario and Yakupov's name is out there. 

Finally, if the Oilers and free agent defenseman Kris Russell come to terms, I think Nurse starts in Bakersfield. 

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.





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