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Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Josh Green, Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Smyth, Cam Barker, Andy Sutton, Yann Danis
The Oilers did a great job in free agency bringing in players to complement their outrageously talented young core. Eager, Green, Hordichuk, Smyth and Sutton are all hard-nosed players who, maybe with the exception of Smyth (trade), will fit onto the bottom six. Belanger brings great veteran experience, while Cam Barker is a young defenseman who is a good NHL-level player. Nice job.
Draft Picks: A+
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Samu Perhonen, Travis Ewanyk, Dillon Simpson, Tobias Rieder, Martin Gernat, Frans Tuohimaa
You would think that a team with two first rounders and the first overall pick should be getting a grade this high, but the truth is it is very easy for those teams to get derailed and end up with bad players from the later rounds. The Oilers didn't. The top four picks are all great, great prospects, and they all have a good chance at making NHL roster one day. Perhonen could have been a first rounder, good goalie.
Overall Grade: A
The Edmonton Oilers have put themselves back on track to the Stanley Cup. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins marks the end of a long rebuild, and now the Oilers will be looking at taking a run at the playoffs. Oilers fans should expect another high pick this year, but 2012-13 will be a big year for them, when their youngsters will no longer be youngsters. Except maybe RNH..