2011-12 Edmonton Oilers Season Preview

 

Edmonton Oilers Season Preview

The Oilers are coming off a disappointing 62 point season (last in the NHL) and have now missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. But with the return of Ryan Smyth  and the debut of #1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins there is still a ton of optimism in Edmonton heading into the 2011-12 NHL season. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s team.

Notables Joining the Oilers:

F Ryan Smyth, F Ben Eager, F Eric Belanger, F Darcy Hordichuk, D Cam Barker, D Andy Sutton

Notables Leaving the Oilers:

D Kurtis Foster, F J-F Jacques, D Jim Vandermeer, F Andrew Cogliano, F Colin Fraser

It should be an exciting year for the Oilers with Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall playing side by side. But this doesn’t change the fact that their defence and goaltending has some serious concerns. Khabibulin is coming off a 10 win season to go along with an .890 save percentage in the 46 games he played. Or they could go with Dubnyk? Until the Oilers get their backend straightened out they are going to be hard pressed to make the playoffs.

Prediction:

The Oilers will be better and climb out of the basement but will once again fail to make the playoffs with a 10th place finish in the West.

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From a betting perspective:

The Oilers are long shots to win the Stanley Cup at odds of  50 to 1  at Bodog Sportsbook.

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