Here is the Sept. 9 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which runs every Wednesday. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.
Let's get to it:
Who do you think will finish this regular season with more points, Sabres or Oilers? Why? -- @babaac
It should be the Edmonton Oilers, and that's not a knock on the Buffalo Sabres. Edmonton had 62 points last season and Buffalo had 54. The Oilers and Sabres should take significant strides this season, but the Oilers are in a better position currently to do more damage because of the addition of Connor McDavid, the steadiness and possession game from the back end that they'll get from Andrej Sekera, the stability behind the bench that coach Todd McLellan provides, and the leadership in the front office from general manager Peter Chiarelli. Toss in the expected strong center depth they'll have with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Anton Lander and Mark Letestu, and they seem to have a lot going for them. Goaltender Cam Talbot remains a question mark for me, but this is his first time getting the opportunity to be a No. 1 at the start of the season so we have to give him time. They have flaws, among them a defense that isn't deep enough and lacks a true No. 1, but the time is now for the Oilers to start playing some meaningful hockey. Is a conservative prediction of 80 to 85 points out of the question? It won't get them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it'll be progress. Wouldn't that be something?