The Edmonton Oilers are heading into the season with a lot of familiar faces.
Yet it's the new guys who may make the difference between a playoff berth and another early golf season.
General manager Craig MacTavish went about trying to supplement his roster this off-season looking to provide support to his young up-and-coming stars.
He gained secondary scoring by trading for David Perron and added bot-tomsix depth with Will Acton Boyd Gordon Ryan Hamilton and Jesse Joensuu.
MacTavish also attempted to solidify his blue-line by signing Andrew Ference Anton Belov and trading for Philip Larsen. He added toughness with Steve MacIntyre.
All told the Oilers will open the season with eight players who are new to the organization. Perron made the biggest impact in the preseason and is fitting in well with the young core.
"The guys have made it really easy for me to come in here and have been very welcoming" Perron said. "It's good coming to the rink with smile every day knowing it's g...