EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers have too many defensemen for too few roster spots.
Heading into training camp, the Oilers are counting on competition enhancing performance with nine defensemen under NHL contract.
That doesn’t include Oscar Klefbom, the highly touted Swede the club took in the first round (No. 19) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
"There's only 23 roster spots, and after you get to the 13 forwards that you're going to carry for sure, the numbers start going the other way for the defensemen," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "There is going to be a very, real battle there, I suspect between four or five of them.
"These exhibition games, staying healthy and every second of practice are going to be important times for those men."