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#1 10-11-2017 12:06:42

Registered: 09-23-2017
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The Panthers took a major step back last season

Seeing how head coach Mike http://www.hockeyfanswear.com/alexander … 74_81.html Blashill handles this training camp is very interesting.

In the Oilers' breakout season a year ago -- a 33-point jump to 103 and a second-round playoff appearance -- the club received a relatively quiet 20 goals and 51 points from veteran Jordan Eberle. This summer, looking to create cap space, the Oilers traded Eberle to the Islanders in exchange for disappointing former first-rounder Ryan Strome.

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The 24-year-old Strome totaled just 13 goals and 30 points last season following an eight-goal, 28-point campaign in 2015-16. However, there is belief in Edmonton that a fresh start and the chance to play with higher end talent, will help Strome back to the level he played at in 2014-15 when he scored 17 goals and 50 points.

Strome's return to form is important to the Oilers; and his journey back is a very intriguing part of training camp in Edmonton this fall.

The Panthers took a major step back last season, missing the playoffs after winning the Atlantic Division the year before, but many believe the young club will regain its footing in 2017-18, making them a team to watch, for sure, this season.


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