Edmonton was the worst in the Western Conference in terms of points. They didn’t have a good penalty kill, they had the lowest faceoff percentage in the league, they scored first the fewest times on the road, and their best player had 36 points.
For a team that made the Stanley cup in the 2006 season, this team sure is awful. If there was anything that went right for this team, it’s the fact that they were able to get their bodies in front of pucks. They were able to block the most shots in the NHL last year. Edmonton was also above .500 in overtimes. They went 9-8 in games that went past regulation.
Best Free Agent Lost:
Patrick O’Sullivan will be deeply missed for his offense, but let’s face it, Edmonton needs their best player to step up this year.
Best Free Agent Added:
Adding Shawn Belle should be good on defense. He will bring a lot of experience on the defensive side of the puck.
Where Edmonton should be this year:
Unless Shawn Horcoff can play to his potential this year Edmonton might have another disappointing season. One thing that they really need to work on though is winning face offs. Teams tend to do a lot better when they have puck possession.