Friedman shares outlook for Oilers, Pacific Division

The Edmonton Oilers had vastly different results in each of the past two seasons, and getting a read on what may unfold in 2018-19 has been an interesting study of opinions.

Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio appearance on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and was asked about how with Connor McDavid in place, “in reality, that teams needs to be good for the league.”

“Yeah, you know I agree with that. I think you want McDavid to be in a position where he can succeed and show himself off,” noted Friedman. “The playoffs a couple of years ago with San Jose and Anaheim, they were really exciting.

“I don’t know. Honestly, when you look at them I don’t know. I think they should be better. I think Klefbom is going to be healthy, I think he’s going to be better. Larsson went through a lot last year, he’s going to be better I think.

“I don’t know what to expect with Lucic. They’re all talking a good game about what great shape he’s in, he’s leaner and he’s more athletic. He struck me a guy who was incredibly unhappy there. If you’re unhappy, it’s not an easy thing to do.

“Again, Talbot too. Is he the guy of two years ago, or is he the guy of last year.

“It’s hard for me to tell. I look at your division. I like you guys. Everybody loves San Jose. I think Vegas is still going to be pretty good. I think Arizona is going to be better, although this Galchenyuk thing really throws a wrench into them.

“But I look at three of your teams and I’m like ‘I have no idea what to expect from them. And the preseason hasn’t really given us many answers.”

The Oilers are 5-1-1 in preseason action after having finished last season with a 36-40-6 mark, which resulted in a sixth-place Pacific Division finish.