The Edmonton Oilers had a busy offseason after another disappointing campaign in 2012-13. Armed with a new GM in Craig MacTavish and new head coach in Dallas Eakins, fans in Edmonton are hoping that the team can finally establish some continuity and finally enter the next phase of their prolonged rebuilding process.
The top-six forward unit of the Oilers is pretty much established with incumbent stars Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle more than likely comprising the first line and Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov and the newest addition to the Oilers, David Perron, leading the way on the second line.
Even with such established firepower, Eakins has already let it be known that he expects all players to compete for ice time, regardless of supposed status or prestige.
With only a few forward spots up for grabs, the majority of competition will take place on the blueline. Defensive prospects such as Anton Belov, the former KHL standout who recently signed with the Oilers, or former first-round draft pick Oscar Klefbom, who is coming off of shoulder surgery, will be need to have a strong showing in training camp if they hope to crack the Oilers squad entering into the regular season.
Here is a look at players with the most to prove at the Edmonton Oilers’ 2013-14 training camp.