Top 10 reasons the Edmonton Oilers will be better in 2020-21

Top 10 reasons the Edmonton Oilers will be better in 2020-21

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David Staples Edmonton Journal

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Oct 14, 2020 5 minute read

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates an objective with Leon Draisaitl (29) and Kailer Yamamoto (56) on Nashville Predators’ goaltender Pekka Rinne at Rogers Place on Jan. 14, 2020. Picture by Ian Kucerak/ Postmedia

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The Leading 10 methods the Edmonton Oilers will be much better this coming season?

  1. Better puckmoving. The group has actually been harming for puck-moving d-men for a very long time, players who can rapidly and accurately get the puck to Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. In 2015, the Oilers had just three d-men in their looking line-up who were at least NHL average at this ability, Ethan Bear, Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom. This year even, and without Klefbom, the Oilers have 4, Bear, Nurse, Tyson Barrie and Caleb Jones. If Klefbom plays and Kris Russell sits, Edmonton can opt for five puck-movers in addition to Adam Larsson. If Larsson is out, they can go with 6, Klefbom-Barrie, Nurse-Bear, Jones-Evan Bouchard. Not too worn-out.
  2. Much Better McDavid We didn’t know it in 2015 however McDavid was coming off a serious, career-threatening knee injury. He’s now that much more eliminated from the injury, that far more along in his rehab, which much more closer to peak McDavid powers.
  3. Better Draisaitl. For years McDavid and Draisaitl played together, which may have worked on the attack but was a quasi disaster in their own end. Both gamers appeared baffled about their d-zone roles. Jointly, they managed to leave the d-zone slot broad open all too often. At the very same time, to completely recognize his assaulting game Draisaitl is best functioned as the lead pet dog in give-and-go attack, not serving as the shooter awaiting McDavid to set him up. With Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl found the perfect give-and-go linemates, all 3 of them pass-first, shoot-second gamers, all three of them amounting to be greater than the sum of their parts. Which’s why Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy this year. If Oilers coach Dave Tippett reunites the Dynamite Line and keeps them together, Draisaitl could easily duplicate as league MVP, and not go through the horrendous protective downturn he experienced last December on McDavid’s line.
  4. Betting goaltending. The goaltending is a much better wager this year than last. Yes, I understand that everybody, including me, is groaning that Oilers GM Ken Holland stated goaltending was his top priority this off-season, yet he still restored Mike Smith as Mikko Koskinen’s back up. Last year at this time it was an unidentified as to whether Koskinen was a real NHL beginning goalie or a phoney who would fold. He had just a.906 conserve percentage in 2018-19, after all. Koskinen had a.917 save percentage last year, simply behind Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom at.918 Koskinen was a middle-of-the-pack NHL starter in 2019-20 Okay, which certainly makes him a much better bet this year. Not just that, the Oilers registered experienced AHL goalie Anton Forsberg, who is a great bet as a back up if Smith can’t get it done.
  5. Improved secondary scoring. I’ve currently discussed how RNH and Yamamoto found success with Draisaitl, with RNH scoring 41 points, Yamamoto 26 and Draisaitl 49 in the 30 video games of their most excellent second half run. However along with the Dynamites, the NHL’s most dangerous line, and McDavid, Tippett will get scoring this year all year from Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyler Ennis, Kyle Turris and Tyson Barrie. With another year of NHL experience, I also anticipate more assaulting success from d-men Bear and Jones and from second-year NHLers Gaetan Haas and Joakim Nygard (if he’s healthy).
  6. Three assaulting lines. Numerous Oilers fans have actually hungered for 3 assaulting lines and it looks like Holland and Tippett are going in that direction. As I see it the most likely lines to produce are Ennis-McDavid-Puljujarvi, RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto and a strong third line of Neal-Turris-Chiasson. JJ Khaira focused these two vets in the playoffs however Turris will offer more assaulting prowess in this area. A 4th line of Josh Archibald, Gaetan Haas and Zack Kassian will likewise be plenty quick and able to choose off some objectives.
  7. Greater depth. Nygard, Khaira, Cooper Marody, Ryan McLeod, Patrick Russell, William Lagesson, Bouchard and Tyler Benson are all capable players who I have outside the beginning line-up right now. This kind of depth will serve the Oilers well in a long NHL season.
  8. Connection. Steady leadership is in location at the top in Holland and Tippett, who have discovered a couple of features of the group, which is why Holland preached and provided connection and perseverance, rather than major modification. He made few changes to the line-up, adding in just Barrie, Turris and Puljujarvi, while providing openings for young gamers like Jones, Lagesson and Benson to make a mark, if they have the quality. There’s more of a steady-as-she-goes technique, which is a welcome technique.
  9. Much better knowledge. Tippett now understands his group, understands that it’s best to not to ride McDavid and Draisaitl on the very same line, understands how to get the most out of Koskinen and Smith, knows that the Dynamite Line can carry the group, and knows more about who and what will work with McDavid. Maybe the final major riddle for the Oilers, at least if Koskinen steps up in web, is discovering the best linemates for McDavid. Ennis appears like a suitable for now. Kassian can work at times. Puljujarvi, Benson or Nygard might also be a big part of the response. Tippett has already achieved the difficult part by splitting up McDavid and Draisaitl and now he’s getting a better sense of what will and will not work. I anticipate he and McDavid will crack the code eventually this year.
  10. Broberg! Is youngster Philip Broberg going to make the Oilers this year? The 19- year-old is grabbing major minutes now in the Swedish league and wowing fans there with his skating and puck-carrying. He might well be prepared for the NHL when the season launches. If he’s anywhere close to his video highlights, he might likewise be all set to give the Oilers a lightning attacking measurement from the blueline that they haven’t had in years.

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