This off-season, the Oilers new hockey operations boss, Peter Chiarelli, was hard at work adding to and re-shaping the team’s roster. On the blueline, he added NHL veterans Andrej Sekera and Eric Gryba. He also traded for talented young d-man Griffin Reinhart. He also added to the forward crop and traded for goaltender Cam Talbot.
Ben Scrivens commented on the additions not only on the blueline but also up front and in net, believing the competition will make the team better.
“The organization tried to get better every way that they could,” said Scrivens. “They didn’t leave many stones unturned about possibilities to improve the team. Bringing in more defencemen, guys with NHL experience, high draft picks, it’s going to create competition on the backend. Obviously, we’ve made acquisitions and trades and signings at every position. When you have a subpar season as a team, as a whole, one of the best ways to try and remedy that is to create competition for jobs coming into the next year. I think the organization did that at all three positions and I think that’s intentionally done to make us a better team.”