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BLOG: McLellan on Lucic entering year two

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract in free agency with a big role in mind alongside Team Captain Connor McDavid. While the two were paired together at times during the season, it was Patrick Maroon who saw more success on the left wing with the League's leading scorer.

With that being said, don't rule out Lucic seeing more time with McDavid. It's a pair Todd McLellan and company will explore.

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"It's revisited all the time," said the Oilers head coach. "Some players click better with others."

McLellan has spoken before on the impact of free agents, saying that year two often times bears more fruits for the player. Lucic is not immune to that theory.

"For Milan, I think he's going to have a much more comfortable start to the season here in Edmonton," said McLellan. "He'd been through two organizations in just over 13 months, LA and Edmonton, after a long career in Boston. It takes a little while to immerse yourself completely into the organization. I truly believe he's there."

Lucic compiled 23 goals and added 27 assists last season for the Oilers, leading the team in power-play goals with a career high 12.

"He's a great asset for us in so many unmeasurable ways," said McLellan. "He can play with Connor, he has great chemistry with Leon (Draisaitl) and I think he's going to have a tremendous year. We're expecting him to be a little quicker. He's leaned out a little bit, so we're counting on him."

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