The Oilers defence has not been one of the team's strengths in recent seasons. Of course on a team that has finished last, last, and next to last in the last three years there haven't been many strengths to be found anywhere on the roster. But it has seemed to me at least that the defence was worst than most. You could see improvement among the forwards and the same could be said between the pipes, but on the blueline things have not appeared to be getting better.
The acquisition of Justin Schultz was really the first positive move for the blue line during the Steve Tambellini era and even that had a lot to do with how badly he had managed the defence up to that point. Bringing in Mark Fistric to replace an out of shape Theo Peckham was also a positive but upgrades to your number 6/7 defenceman are only going to get you so far. The defence was a group that I didn't have a lot of faith in before the season. I thought that there was "potential in this group but a lot of things need to go right for the Oilers to be successful."
With the season now a quarter complete how has the defence fared? Well, it's been a combination of good, bad, and ugly.
At The Quarter Point: A Look At The Defence
The Copper & Blue | Feb 12