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NHL Power Rankings: 2017-18 Way-Too-Early Edition, Part II

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 10: Connor McDavid
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12. Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers had a really promising 2016-17 season and went into this offseason hoping to build upon it. Peter Chiarelli made a ton of moves to keep his core intact.

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They locked up their franchise superstar Connor McDavid for the next eight years. They traded away Jordan Eberle and brought in Ryan Strome. They re-signed Kris Russell and Zach Kassian to new contracts.

The biggest question facing the Oilers this offseason is how much money will Leon Draisaitl sign for. He is still a restricted free agent and has not signed a new contract as of yet. They want to pay him what he is worth, but not overpay.

Key additions: Ryan Strome (trade); Kris Russell (free agency).

Key losses: Jordan Eberle (trade); Griffin Reinhart (expansion draft).

First-round pick: Kailer Yamamoto. Smallish forward with scoring ability.

The Oilers need to take the next step this upcoming season.

11. Anahiem Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks could not make the Stanley Cup Final after reuniting with Randy Carlyle. The Ducks, like so many other teams, made a deal with Vegas before the expansion draft to protect their defensive core. The Ducks got Vegas to take Clayton Stoner and gave them Shea Theodore for taking Stoner.

After losing some players, they decided to keep a trade-deadline acquisition. The Ducks re-signed Patrick Eaves to a three-year contract. The Ducks then locked up Cam Fowler and brought in new backup goalie in Ryan Miller.

Key addition: Ryan Miller (free agency).

Key losses: Clayton Stoner (expansion draft); Shea Theodore (trade).

First-round pick: Did not have one.

The Ducks once again must rely upon Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf to hopefully push them over the Stanley Cup hump this year.

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What do you think about these way-too-early NHL power rankings so far? Let us know in the comments, and check back in tomorrow for Nos. 10-1.

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