The Edmonton Oilers have had a very respectable preseason showing under new head coach Dallas Eakins.
The team has seemingly embraced his high-tempo hockey with an emphasis on skating ability and conditioning, and though it is the preseason, the Oilers have to be pleased with their performance to date.
The real test will begin October 1 against Winnipeg as the Oilers try and navigate their way through the newly realigned Pacific Division.
With significant injuries to their top two centers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner, the Oilers will be in a tough spot for the first month or so of the season as they try and piece together a competitive lineup.
That being said, if the Oilers manage to avoid winless stretches, they should be in a good position to compete for a playoff position in 2013-14.
Here are five bold predictions for the Edmonton Oilers’ 2013-14 season.