Zack Kassian , Patrick Maroon and now Milan Lucic . The Oilers are bigger and tougher to play against thanks to some of the moves Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has made over the last year. At least, that's the plan.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan sees the moves Chiarelli has made as a promising start but needs to see the consistent play the additions are more than capable of before it translates to success.
"When Peter entered the program and looked at the team, he wanted to get bigger, stronger, heavier, a little harder to play against later on in games, tougher to knock off pucks, stronger in the blue paint at both ends, and with (those) players I think we've accomplished that," said McLellan.
"They still have to go out and do it. It's easy to look at their size and their strength and what they've done in the past but it's still their responsibility to bring it each and every night and for us to get stronger in that area. The game is still played at a very fast pace, so these players need to be able to execute and get from point A to point B, and we believe they can with the size they bring."