The Oilers will have a plethora of new faces at training camp when it breaks next month. Boyd Gordon, Jason LaBarbera, Anton Belov and Jesse Joensuu are just a few names that fans will have to get accustomed to for the upcoming season and now those new players have officially been assigned their new numbers that they’ll dawn on the back of their Oilers jersey. A much appreciated gesture as the fans get set to know the roster by heart.
The forwards that were announced on the Oilers website included Joensuu who will wear number 6. Boyd Gordon will wear a new number in his career, choosing 27 . Gordon has only ever worn number 15 in his career but with Nick Schultz already having it in Edmonton, it left the newly acquired Gordon to explore other alternatives. Will Acton will wear 41.
David Perron, who was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues will keep his number 57 this season in Edmonton.
On the blue line, Denis Grebeshkov is back and so is his trademark number 37. Whether or not the tinted visor makes a return to Edmonton with the Russian defenseman remains to be seen. Perron may not be the only one to use a dark visor.
Philip Larsen who came over in the Shawn Horcoff deal will dawn number 36 and the number 77 will again be seen in the Oilers roster but it won’t be Tom Gilbert. Rather Anton Belov chose the double 7′s as he tries to crack the Oilers roster.
Andrew Ference has decided to keep his 21, the same number he wore in both Boston and Calgary. He was introduced with his new jersey back in July, shortly after the Oilers had signed him.
Finally in goal, LaBarbera will keep his number 1 that he wore in Phoenix while Richard Bachman has decided to go with number 30.