2018-19 Record: 35-38-9 79pts – – 7th Place in Pacific
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: G – Mike Smith, F – Tomas Jurco, F – Markus Granlund, Coach – Dave Tippett, GM – Ken Holland, F – James Neal
Key Departures: F – Ty Rattie, G – Anthony Stolarz, D – Andrej Sekera, Coach – Ken Hitchcock, F – Milan Lucic
After what was thought to be upward trend for the Edmonton Oilers after making the playoffs in 2017, the following two seasons the Oilers have fallen apart and have not looked like the team that made it two years prior. With all of that said, the Oilers hope that under Ken Holland things can change and start moving in the right direction.
Since starting back in May, Holland addressed a key issue and that was behind the bench. Holland moved away from Ken Hitchcock who took over in November of last season, but as the season wore on showed a lack of interest in the team. Holland would rectify that by hiring Dave Tippett.
Then in free agency Holland would sign goaltender Mike Smith to bring veteran stability between the pipes, and forwards Markus Granlund and Tomas Jurco to help solidify the bottom six on offense. However, Holland would not be done there as he would execute a trade with the Calgary Flames as he would trade forward Milan Lucic to the Flames for forward James Neal, both of which were not living up to the contracts that they signed, and needed a change of scenery.
Key questions that will need answering going into the 2019-20 season:
- Is Connor McDavid happy in Edmonton with the changes made?
- What will Holland do with disgruntled forward Jesse Puljujarvi who wants out of Edmonton?