Jones: Oilers GM says there's room for improvement

Oilers' GM Craig MacTavish says the team has started to add components to suport its core group of...

Oilers' GM Craig MacTavish says the team has started to add components to suport its core group of young players. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

EDMONTON - More happened in the last four days than meets the eye. A lot more.

The Edmonton Oilers are a different hockey team starting next season than they ended the last one. They’re bigger, tougher, deeper, harder to play against and will almost certainly be dramatically different in puck possession.

That’s what meets the eye.

With the draft which brought six-foot-one centre Leon Draisaitl and trades which delivered six-foot-three right winger Teddy Purcell and six-foot bridge defenceman Nikita Nikitin, they were bigger before Over-Pay Day, a.k.a Free Agent Frenzy and Canada Day.

The acquisition of six-foot-three left winger Benoit Pouliot, six-foot-three defenceman Mark Fayne and six-foot-six defenceman Keith Aulie completed the effect.

And there’s one move left to be made by second-year GM Craig MacTavish to acquire a bridge second-line defenceman.


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