Nugent-Hopkins says Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli maximizing team’s abilities with final roster
They’ve got a 21-year-old rookie who doesn’t speak English next to an 18-year-old rookie on a top line.
Neither one of their goaltenders has ever been a fulltime starter in the NHL.
And if you had to pick their No. 1 defenceman right now it would be a 22-year-old with 77 career NHL games.
Call it progress.
Despite more question marks than a high school social studies test, the Edmonton Oilers roster signifies a giant leap forward.
So if you’re wondering which Oilers had the best training camp, you might want to try Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan.
In cutting down to 23 players Monday morning, they made as much news for who isn’t on it than who is.
No Ben Scrivens. No Nikita Nikitin. No Leon Draisaitl. No Darnell Nurse.
And on the ice, there was Andrew Ference in the 7-8 defensive pairing with Brandon Davidson.
They didn’t keep players who are almost, but not quite, good enough to be full time NHLers, regardless of their Draft D