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NHL Power Rankings: Pre-Training Camp Edition

By Matt Barbato
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Jul 2, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; NHL draft number one pick Connor McDavid walks out to the ice in the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp at the Rexall Center. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

24. Edmonton Oilers 

The arrow has to be pointing up for Edmonton, right? They scored the guy many are claiming to be the next Sidney Crosby in the draft in McDavid. He should transcend the franchise and is the favorite for the 2016 Calder Trophy.

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The next best move during the offseason had to be trading for Cam Talbot, who was more than respectable in relief of Henrik Lundqvist with the New York Rangers. Talbot posted a .926 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in 36 games for the Rangers last season. He will have to prove he can handle the brunt of the starting duties, but it appears new GM Peter Chiarelli might have found the solution to Edmonton’s endless goaltending quandary.

The Oilers still lack depth on the blue line, which is why they overpaid Andrej Sekera in signing him to a six-year contract. They also hired former Sharks coach Todd McLellan to help bring an exciting style to the young Oilers. There’s plenty to be excited about for the Oilers, who have plenty of top prospects from past drafts. Could it be that the future is bright in Edmonton, finally?

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