The rebuild through defense
Armed with the No. 1 pick, the Oilers need to use the summer to add more D
- Getty ImagesThe No. 1 pick is a great thing for the Oilers, but it's still a long road back.
Plugging Holes -- Edmonton Oilers
The Hole: a shutdown defenseman
Last year, we recommended the Oilers shore up defensively by signing someone like Edmontonian Blair Betts. Unfortunately, they focused elsewhere and wound up finishing fifth-to-last in penalty killing, fourth-to-last in shots against and dead last in both goals against and defensive GVT. No one is expecting the Oilers to win the Cup, but they need to find someone who can improve their defensive respectability while their young stars develop.
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