The Edmonton Oilers training camp is always an exciting time for fans, as they get a glimpse of their favourite players gearing up for the upcoming season. This year’s camp has been no different. There are going to be a few battles this season to watch for. There are only a few roster spots up in the air. Here are the three that I can think of.
Vincent Desharnais VS Philip Broberg
Desharnais, a 6’6″ defenseman, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He spent most of his time playing in the AHL up until the end of last season where he played 35 regular season games followed by 12 playoff games. In those games, he showed great potential as a shutdown defenseman.
Broberg, on the other hand, was selected eighth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’3″ Swedish defenseman spent most of his time in the NHL last season but has never been able to stick in the lineup. The reason he has got in so many games is because he has been the 7th defenseman.
The battle between these two young defensemen has been intense, with both players fighting tooth and nail for a spot on the Oilers’ roster. Desharnais has impressed with his physicality and defensive prowess, while Broberg has shown off his smooth skating and offensive abilities.
Head coach Jay Woodcroft has been keeping a close eye on both players throughout their careers as he used to be their coach in Bakersfield, and it’s clear that he has a tough decision to make. Desharnais’ size and strength could be a valuable asset to the Oilers’ defence, while Broberg’s puck moving and speed upside could provide a much-needed boost to their blue line.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to who can make the biggest impact on the ice. Both Desharnais and Broberg have shown they have what it takes to play at the NHL level, but only one will earn a spot on the Oilers’ roster.
Regardless of who comes out on top in this battle, it’s clear that the Edmonton Oilers have a bright future ahead of them with young talent like Desharnais and Broberg vying for a spot on the team.