Thanks for joining us for our August 31-in-31 series! Every day this month we will be taking a look at each team and diving into their prospect depth charts, risers and fallers, graduating prospects, and top ten prospects in the system.
Last season was yet another poor campaign for Edmonton in which they finished in the bottom ten once again, were 20th in goals scored, were 25th in goals against, had the worst power play in the league and had the 27th ranked penalty kill. Edmonton needed to make a change so they revamped their coaching staff under Todd McLellan for this upcoming season. They hired the 2018 Memorial Cup Champions’ coach Manny Viveiros who has been known to run a strong power play. They also hired former Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan who has ran some potent power plays in his own right. To improve the penalty kill they hired former Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Trent Yawney who has helped Anaheim run a strong penalty kill and is known to have been able to help develop young defensemen.
Due to their lack of cap space, Edmonton wasn’t able to make too many additions to improve the lineup. On July first they signed free agent and former Oiler Kyle Brodziak as well as former Oilers’ prospect Tobias Rieder. Brodziak will improve the team’s face offs and penalty kill. Rieder will also improve the penalty kill while also providing some speed and secondary scoring. Edmonton also signed former Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Kevin Gravel who is expected to be the team’s number seven defenseman while potentially pushing Matthew Benning for the number six position.
In terms of players being resigned by the team, Edmonton has renewed contracts to Keegan Lowe (D), Patrick Russell (RW), Drake Caggiula (LW) and Josh Currie (C). They also signed RFA forward Ryan Strome to a two year. At this point Edmonton has not signed RFA defenseman Darnell Nurse but it is obviously their top priority. There is a lot of speculation around Edmonton that the team might sign the young de