The New Look Edmonton Oilers

Ryan KuchelymaCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2008

The city of Edmonton is all a buzz this season after seeing the Oilers finish so strongly last year, despite numerous season ending injuries to key players. The injured are healed and are joined by some new faces in the dressing room. Erik Cole came to Edmonton from Carolina for Joni Pitkanen and Lubomir Visnovsky came from L.A in the Stoll/Green trade. Both of these players are proven scorers and have giving the city new hope for the upcoming season. With the likes of Horcoff,Hemsky,Souray, Gagner, Cogliano and Robert Nilsson the Oilers should be able to put the puck in the net. The defense will be much the same as last season with the additions of Visnovsky and Jason Strudwick. Goal tending will be a key issue this year as Mathieu Garon will be coming in to camp as the #1 and Dwayne Roloson as the #2. But Jeff Drouin-Deslauries had a solid year in the AHL last season and will be pressing to backup Garon. If this pans out the Oilers will try and move Roloson and his salary. Other players to keep close eyes on are Robbie Schremp and Gilbert Brule. Schremp also had a good year in the AHL and spent all summer training hard. Brule never fit in to the Bluejackets system and was moved for Raffi Torres. Brule is a former 1st round pick and is still only 21 years old. I am predicting that he will be the player that scouts had thought he would be and that columbus will be wishing that they would of had more patience with him. If the injury bug doesn't hit the Oilers the year, I cant see why that cant make the playoffs in the 6th to 8th position. Only time will tell


Ryan Kuchelyma