Joined: Jun. 2018
I guess this means Bouchard gets another year to develop, unless injuries push him up or the Oilers add another depth right side dman. Not exactly the top 4 defender they needed, but still should help take some of the minute load off of Bear and Larsson. Left side is still questionable with Klefbom out long term, again.
Nurse - Bear
Jones? - Larsson
Russel? - Barrie
Not looking to good with those pairs, but maybe another prospect is ready to step up? Lagesson - Larsson might be a good shut down pair, but they will lack speed. Broberg is likely still another 1-2 years away, though he is off to a great start in the SHL and looked very promising in his bubble showing. Samorukov is also off to a great start in the KHL, so maybe he'll be ready to make the jump. Still too many questions on this backend, and Barrie doesn't really solve any problems accept replacing Klefbom on the pp.