Oilers ready for higher expectations after playoff run – NHL.com

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Edmonton Oilers:

The Edmonton Oilers will look similar to the team that reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006 but lost to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round last season.

The biggest difference will be forward Ryan Strome, who was acquired in a trade from the New York Islanders for forward Jordan Eberle on June 22. Strome will join a talented group led by center Connor McDavid, whose 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) led the NHL last season.   

The trade for Strome gave the Oilers an extra $3.5 million in salary cap space, some of which likely will go toward a contract for forward Leon Draisaitl, a restricted free agent.

With most of the team back, and McDavid leading the way after signing an eight-year, $100 million extension July 5, Edmonton hopes to build on its playoff run. 

Here is what the Oilers look like today:

Key arrivals

Ryan Strome, F: The 24-year-old had 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 69 games for the Islanders last season playing center and right wing. The Oilers likely will start the season with Strome at center, allowing coach Todd McLellan to use Draisaitl at right wing on McDavid’s line. But Draisaitl also can play center, and if Strome can demonstrate similar and effective flexibility, it would give the Oilers the potential for multiple looks with their forwards. … Jussi Jokinen, F: The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract July 7 to provide depth. The Florida Panthers bought out of the final season of his four-year contract July 1.

Video: Isles, Oilers swap Ryan Strome and Jordan Eberle


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