Staff Predictions for the Edmonton Oilers 2022-23 season

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The Edmonton Oilers season cannot come soon enough. With the first game of the year on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks, the Oil On Whyte staff is coming together to talk about some predictions for the year.

Are The Edmonton Oilers Better Than Last Year’s Team?

Almar Reyes(@heyitsalmar):

Yes, the Oilers are better than last year especially in net with the addition of Soup.

Mike Smith played way above expectation last season at age 50, and although Jack Campbell was inconsistent last season, he was not a bad goalie at all with 2.64 GAA and 0916 SV%. If those numbers improve, add that to an explosive Oilers offense, look out!

Gabriel Candido(@EDMOilersBR)

Yes it is. With they improving the goalie position and the defense, the Oilers can go even further next season. Keeping Kane, Puljujarvi, Yamo and McLeod was excellent for the offense as well. As a matter of fact, this topic is my second article on the Oil On Whyte.

Lane Golden:

They are marginally better. It’s a similar roster, but I think the new goaltending tandem is a minor upgrade, and I anticipate some internal growth from young players returning from last year. Dylan Holloway could be a major X-factor as well.

Phil Gretzky:

Better.  A full year of Evander Kane, a deeper bottom six forward group and bottom pairing D pairing, as well as younger – and hopefully better – goaltending should all combine to make the Oilers better next season.

Devon Hladunewich(@Nsidesandwich):

In the regular season, yes I think they will improve. As for the playoffs I think they are going to either do the same or worse. Colorado is still a strong team so it will be tough to get through them again.

I also think the changes made in Calgary this offseason will make their team a hard to play against in the playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers win the division, but I don’t think they will make it to the Cup final.