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With Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and a handful of Oilers signed, Peter Chiarelli's off-season checklist is nearly complete

by Paul Gazzola /

It was only a few months ago when Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli was standing at the Oilers Hall of Fame Room podium announcing his intentions for the upcoming summer.

"We've got some significant signings that we have to do in a certain order, then there are guys that we'd like to have back and we've got to find a way to fit them in," said Chiarelli in May.

Connor McDavid was signed on July 5, and Leon Draisaitl inked a new eight-year contract on Wednesday.

Zack Kassian, Kris Russell, Eric Gryba, Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen were also all signed over the past few months.

There's little doubt Chiarelli's hands were full keeping his core intact but after the Draisaitl contract, the checklist is nearly complete. 

"We may add a player or two on a tryout but we'll see how that unfolds in the next week or two," Chiarelli said via phone Wednesday.

Given the Oilers off-season goals almost completely achieved, one question remains.

Is it October yet?

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