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Defence a work in progress for Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers defence is a combination of young newcomers and veterans who aren't capable of...

The Edmonton Oilers defence is a combination of young newcomers and veterans who aren't capable of picking up the slack. (QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

They say all good hockey teams are built from the crease out: Get solid goaltending and a skilled and sturdy defence and you’ll be competitive no matter what’s up front.

This would explain the Edmonton Oilers.

They are not even close to competitive in the Western Conference, and the weakest link on the NHL’s weakest team (Buffalo will catch them soon) is an element they should have locked in place years ago.

Instead, Edmonton’s defence remains a work in progress that simply isn’t showing much progress, the primary reason they’ve given up a league-high 178 goals in 50 games and are on their fourth and fifth goalies of the season.

It doesn’t matter how good the forwards are, and the Oilers can rotate all the goalies they want; without an NHL calibre defence, none of it matters.


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