|ESPN.com: NHL Preview 2005||[Print without images]|
Offense: Edmonton is still challenged up front. The O picked up Michael Peca, a checking center from Long Island via Buffalo, but he now projects as their No. 1 playmaker, and that's asking too much. There is no sniper on either wing, and the rest of the offense isn't overly large, overly fast or overly experienced.
Defense: Certainly better with the addition of All-Star Chris Pronger from St. Louis. He joins Jason Smith and Steve Staios, both of whom play their own zone well and are just starting to come into their own.
Goaltending: Ty Conklin is quick and getting better, but has yet to establish himself as the rock every night out. He needs to do that this season.p>
Search: Edmonton Oilers
|Comings & Goings|
D Chris Pronger; C Michael Peca; C Yan Stastny.
LW Mike York; LW Brad Isbister; D Eric Brewer; C Joe Cullen; D Doug Lynch; D Jeff Woywitka; D Scott Ferguson.
|When we last saw them|
The Team Canada hero's aggressive style led to 23 goals and 36 assists, which led the team overall.
Conklin made just five more starts than Jussi Markkanen and finished with a 17-14-4 record and 2.42 goals-against average.
“He had incredible skating skills, and could break out in the blink of an eye.”
— Kevin Lowe on Paul Coffey, whose jersey will be retired on Oct. 18.