Oilers: Three expectations of the pacific division going into next season

Adam Larsson #6, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
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Tyson Jost #17, Colorado Avalanche
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1. An improved division that cannot be taken lightly.

The Pacific might not be the best division around, but there are nothing to joke about. Edmonton should be a playoff team next season, but we have seen in years past that things are wide open when it comes to landing a spot in the playoffs.

Edmonton will have to make sure that they win their divisional games next season. During a full 82 game season picking up points against teams that are vying for the same playoff spot are important. They also will have to keep a cool head when playing opponents like Calgary that sometimes play a more physical game.

Physically should be a main part for next season as Edmonton starts facing off against some teams that they have not played for a full year. Vegas is a physical team and will be the destined top team in the Pacific next season, so it is up to Edmonton to change people’s minds.