2017-18 team-by-team NHL season outlook: Previewing the Edmonton Oilers – CBSSports.com

As October creeps closer, another NHL season creeps with it.

In the 24th of a series of team-by-team summer reviews and season previews, here’s a glimpse at the …

Edmonton Oilers

A year after a seventh-place finish in the Pacific Division, the Edmonton Oilers sprung to life at their new Rogers Place arena in 2016-17, riding the offensive tidal wave that was 30-goal, 100-point scorer  Connor McDavid , who went on to take home just about all the best NHL awards in his second season, into the playoffs for the first time in a decade. A strong finish (13-4-1 in March and April) gave them momentum heading into the postseason, where their top-eight offense cruised past the San Jose Sharks and then took the rival Anaheim Ducks to seven games for a shot at the conference finals. The Oilers (46-26-9) went home with a plus-35 goal differential, sixth best in the league behind only the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and four other playoff teams.

With Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl locked up, the Oilers are bent on contending as early as 2017-18. USATSI

Revealed as high-octane contenders with McDavid’s MVP season and a triumphant destruction of the franchise’s longstanding playoff drought, the Oilers entered the summer with sky-high expectations, pouring out the big bucks to ensure they will be in the mix for a title as early as 2017-18.

The moves

Key additions: F Jussi Jokinen ( Florida Panthers ), F Ryan Strome (trade with New York Islanders )

Key losses: F Jordan Eberle (trade with Islanders), F Benoit Pouliot (

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