Oilers Season Preview: Campbell and Kane can be counted on

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps opening September 21, NHL.com takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the expected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Edmonton Oilers.

Fitness Trainer: Jay Woodcroft (season two)

Last season: 49-27-6; Second place in the Pacific Division, lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final

3 keys

1. Campbell as the new No. 1

Oilers hope to solve their biggest fear by signing the goalkeeper Jack Campbell to a five-year contract. July 13. He was 31-9-6 with 2.64 goals for an average .914 save percentage and five lockouts in 49 games (47 starts) with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. His numbers compare favorably with numbers Mike Smith, who was 16-9-2 with a 2.81 GAA, .915 percent savings and two closeouts for last season. But Smith played 28 games (27 games) before struggling in the Stanley Cup playoffs, going 8-6 with 3.37 GAA and 0.913 savings in 16 games. Campbell will likely be required to play nearly 60 games this season, after which the answer should be in the net for Edmonton in the playoffs.

2. ken production

Evander King It had an immediate impact after the striker agreed to a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on January 27, shortly after his contract was terminated by the San Jose Sharks. He scored 22 goals in 43 regular season games before scoring another 13 goals in 15 playoff games. Kane’s production gave the Oilers a secondary threat in scoring behind the attackers Conor McDavid And the Leon Drystel. He was dangerous and needed to stay that way after signing a four-year contract on July 13.

3. The growth of young men of defense

Evan Bouchard He kicked off last season with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) in 81 games after earning six points (three goals, three assists) in 21 games over the previous two NHL seasons. He also earned nine points (three goals and six assists) in 16 play-offs. The 22-year-old led the Edmonton defense team on points and was third in average ice time per game at 19:48. The Oilers are counting on Bouchard to continue their rise and are likely to be the best defensive duo of the season. Philip Broberg He is in the same position as Bouchard last season, and the 21-year-old has had three points (one goal, two assists) in 23 games. Play one playoff. This season there is a chance for Broberg to become a regular in the squad the way Bouchard did.

Roster Rondon

making the cut

Broberg will take a long look at training camp to fill in the spot vacated by Duncan Keith, who retired off-season. Sign The Oilers Man of Defense Ryan Murray On a one-year contract on September 2, he could try a regular squad of seven defenders and 11 forwards. juniors Dylan Holloway And the Xavier Borgolt Expected to compete for a forward position with Devin Shore. Holloway, who will complete 21 on September 23, was a first-round pick (No. 14) in the 2020 NHL Draft. Burgo, who will turn 20 on October 22, was a first-round pick (No. 22) in the 2021 NHL Draft. Edmonton adds another striker before training camp.

The most interesting addition

Edmonton invested in goalkeeping by signing with Campbell. It’s all because the Oilers now know they have a goalkeeper who could be the difference-maker in their Stanley Cup win, Draisaitl said. There’s a lot of pressure on Campbell, but he’s used to it after being Toronto’s number one goalkeeper last season.

The biggest possible surprise

Holloway and Boergolt may be more likely to start the season with Bakersfield than the NHL, but they both have the skill to eventually be regular top-six forwards for the Oilers. That’s why they are formulated so high. It wouldn’t be shocking to see one or both of the team out of training camp or, at least, in the squad by late November. The Oilers should be able to beat attack in the first few months of the season, but may eventually have to add more forward scoring. It would be huge for their NHL salary cap if it was Holloway and/or Borgault, who are both entry-level.

ready to hack

Bouchard did it last season, and Broberg is ready to do it this season. The No. 8 selection in the 2019 NHL Draft earned 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 31 regular season games with Bakersfield in the NHL last season.

sleeping fantasy

Holloway, C. (unpolished average in fiction) – He had 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 33 games and averaged 2.5 shots per game in the AHL last season before making his NHL debut with the Oilers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, when they were eliminated by Colorado Avalanche. Holloway could be a novice fantasy sleeper if he earns a spot in Edmonton’s powerful Top Six. – Anna Dua

Expected line

Evander Kane – Conor McDavid – Killer Yamamoto

Ryan McLeod – Leon Drystel – Zach Heyman

Warren VogelRyan Nugent HopkinsJesse Poliogarvi

Matthias JanmarkDerek Ryan

nurse darnellTyson Barry

Brit Air – Evan Bouchard

Philip Broberg – Cody this

Ryan Murray

Jack Campbell

Stuart Skinner