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BLOG: Strome re-signing with more experienced Oilers team

The 24-year-old commented on the Oilers recent summer acquisitions and the changing dynamic around the NHL following free agent signings on July 1

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Centre Ryan Strome committed to two more seasons in Edmonton on Friday as the latest offseason move for the Oilers following multiple free agency acquisitions on July 1.

The 24-year-old spoke to on the talent the Oilers have added to their roster this offseason, including the likes of centre Kyle Brodziak and right-winger Tobias Reider.

"I thought Brodziak was a really good signing," Strome commented. "Just from lining up against him in the face-off circle you can see he's a big, strong guy. He does a little bit of everything and is definitely one of those guys who's difficult to play against.

"With Reider we have a guy that has speed and is always disrupting plays. He's got a bit of a connection with Leon too."

The Oilers also signed defenceman Kyle Gravel, who spent the 2017-18 season with the AHL's Ontario Reign and the Los Angeles Kings, posting three assists in 16 games.

A more mature Oilers core with the potential addition of younger talent to the roster has Strome confident on the team's ability to improve next season.

"With the way some of us grew at the end of last season and with some of the younger players we have coming in, we have a great mix of veterans and young guys now and that's what you need now to win. It takes a full roster of 23 guys and I think we're starting to put that together."

Plenty of movement around the NHL in July has changed the dynamic across the league and injected a greater sense of excitement into the offseason as the 2018-19 season approaches.

"There's obviously been a lot of movement around the league this year with some big trades and big names leaving and going to their places, so it's been exciting," Strome said. "A lot of teams are shuffling things up and aren't afraid to make moves, so it's nice to see and as a player and it keeps you excited throughout the entire offseason.

"Your mind sort of stays in hockey mode during the summer always looking forward to the start of the season and wondering how things will shake out."

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