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BLOG: Purcell says new players add depth

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers added Teddy Purcell this off-season, along with Niktita Nikitin, Mark Fayne, Benoit Pouliot and Keith Aulie. Purcell says he expects that group to come in and help the Oilers be more competitive, though they alone are not there to save the day.

“We’re not going to come in and save the day but I think we’re going to add some good depth,” Purcell said. “Everyone knows this is a very tough conference and our opponents are all big-bodied guys that I think wear teams down pretty well. We have the skill to compete with those guys, where I think if we add the depth that we did and a bit of size that it will help us in the long run.”

Purcell says he senses that the young, talented players in the locker room are hungry and ready to stop losing and start winning. Purcell hopes the new faces in the locker room can help with that.

“Those top guys have been in the league a little bit. I think they’re becoming hungrier and they’re ready to prove that they’re the guys to take this team to the next level. I think with some fresh faces around the room it brings in some energy and everyone comes into camp refreshed, especially after a long summer that these guys had. The mood around the room is good and hopefully we can keep that going forward heading into camp.”

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