Sports Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli: ‘I wouldn’t call us a front-runner’

17:21  09 september  2017
17:21  09 september  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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Each step closer to July 1 we got, more speculation swirled on where he’d land as he visited a few teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli : ' I wouldn ' t call us a front - runner '.

image © image image The Edmonton Oilers are a team on the rise, and expectations from around the hockey world have followed suit.

Even Las Vegas has general manager Peter Chiarelli’s team the favourites to win the Stanley Cup heading into 2017-18.

Managing those expectations will be one of the Oilers’ toughest tasks this season, according to Chiarelli.

“That will be one of our biggest challenges,” he told Tim Campbell of NHL.com. “There are a lot of new experiences that these guys will face.”

Edmonton broke a playoff drought that lasted almost 11 years last season, barrelling its way into the second round before falling to the Anaheim Ducks.

A somewhat quiet off-season (the team did ship out Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome before signing Jussi Jokinen to a one-year deal), will see the Oilers ice a similar group in October to the one they had in 2016-17.

The biggest moves Chiarelli did make were signing star forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to long-term deals.

“If you look through our lineup, outside of last year, there’s not a lot of playoff experience or having success as a, well, I wouldn’t call us a front-runner,” said Chiarelli.

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