With training camp kicking off, it’ll be interesting to see how the defence pairings shape up for the coming season. The defence remains a weakness as the club is placing a lot of faith in young players like Oscar Klefbom andJustin Schultz, as well as veterans like Andrew Ference and Nikita Nikitin, who are aiming for a better performance compared to last season.
With Peter Chiarelli moving into the GM role, there were expectations that the defence core would be overhauled and improved by acquiring legitimate NHL players. The addition of Andrej Sekera is huge for the Oilers, but the rest of the acquisitions are largely unproven assets that have to earn a spot on the opening night roster.
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