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2005-06 Finish: 41-28-13, 8th West
General Manager: Kevin Lowe (6th Season)
Head Coach: Craig MacTavish (6th Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 256
2005-06 Goals Against: 251
2005-06 Power Play: 18.1% (15th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 84.1 (8th)
Points Leader: Ales Hemsky (77)
Goals Leader: Ryan Smyth (36)
Assists Leader: Ales Hemsky (58)

Offseason Moves: Acquired right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Ladislav Smid, a 2007 first-round pick, a 2008 second-round pick and a conditional first-round pick from the Anaheim Ducks for defenceman Chris Pronger; agreed to terms with centre Marty Reasoner, who had been with the Boston Bruins, on a two-year contract; agreed to terms with defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist, who had been with the Minnesota Wild, on a one-year contract; acquired defenceman Jan Hejda from the Buffalo Sabres for a 2007 seventh-round pick; agreed to terms with right wing Petr Sykora, who had been with the New York Rangers, on a one-year contract.

Goaltending: The Oilers locked up netminder Dwayne Roloson with a three-year, $11 million contract in July, and for good reason. His stellar performance in goal, backed up by a 2.32 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, led the Oilers all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. A big challenge ahead will be proving that last year's regular season struggles (14-24-5 record) were a blip on the radar. There will be nights when the Oilers will need him to win games for them. If Roloson can put up a solid performance and Jussi Marrkanen can build some momentum off his Stanley Cup Final experience, things should be fine in net.

Defence: If losing the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final wasn't bad enough, Oilers fans had to endure defenceman Chris Pronger's trade request just a few days later. Pronger was a tower of strength for Edmonton's postseason run, and will not be easy to replace right away. What's left in the wake of his departure? Jason Smith and Steve Staios provide solid coverage in their own zone, Matt Greene is developing and Marc-Andre Bergeron will be counted on to provide offence from the point. The Oilers also picked up a solid puck-moving defender in Daniel Tjarnqvist, while Ladislav Smid - a part of the Pronger trade - should also make a contribution.

Forwards: Oilers hockey under head coach Craig McTavish is simple enough. If you forecheck, block shots and finish your hits, the scoring opportunities and victories will come. Ryan Smyth, Raffi Torres, Ethan Moreau, Shawn Horcoff, Jarret Stoll and Fernando Pisani followed this game plan well last season and it almost won them a championship. But the Oilers also needed a game-breaking sniper who could compliment speedy winger Ales Hemsky. With winger Sergei Samsonov hitting the free agent market and looking to leave, GM Kevin Lowe acquired Joffrey Lupul as part of the Pronger deal. At just 23 years of age, Lupul has natural goal-scoring ability, creative instincts and unlimited offensive potential. The team also signed veteran winger Petr Sykora, who brings plenty of speed and a great shot.

Welcome to the NHL: The Oilers liked what they saw last year in centre Marc-Antoine Pouliot, who brings offensive potential and a love for the physical game. Former London Knights Centre Rob Schremp was a last minute cut last year and will get another look at training camp. But the real deal this season may be Ukrainian winger Alexei Mikhnov. The 6-5, 228-pound power forward has the size and soft hands to make an immediate impact and bolster the Oilers' offence.
 
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