And so another off-season of unrest begins. The Oilers will have a new architect in place to reshape the lineup around the speed and genius of Connor McDavid, who enters his fifth NHL campaign in October. It remains to be seen if the incoming GM has the desire to strip the roster down to the wood and start over or if the new boss feels more comfortable with a heavy fine-tune. Edmonton’s 10th top-10 pick in 11 drafts may have a chance to step right in.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Take your pick. The Oilers need more speed, more finish, more mobile D-men, more cap space and more confidence. Tops on the wish list has to be a master blaster from the blueline. Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom were the only ‘D’ regulars to score on the power play, and they only had one each, a stunningly low total. Edmon...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.