- He likes centre depth. At Boston's peak, he had Patrice Bergeron, Campbell, Kelly, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Rich Peverley, and Tyler Seguin with Soderberg and Spooner on the fringes (also drafted Joe Colborne and Khokhlachev). Every one of those players (NHL) had great faceoff win percentages. He will overload on centres and put extras on the wing. Chances of him trading any of the Oilers' centres are slim unless he can get right-shooting centres in return.
- He will build strong defense. He built Boston's defense around Zdeno Chara after signing him in 2006. Watch for possible signing of Adam McQuaid as a UFA or a possible offer sheet for Dougie Hamilton (both right shooters). Even if neither of those happen, Edmonton's blueline will be stronger and more experienced by September.
- There will be trades. He was part of the management team that left Taylor Hall off of Canada's Olympic squad. If he likes centres, he's willing to trade wingers. Hall looks like a pretty good candidate and he's got lots of value. On defense, Justin Schultz is also a trade possibility -- not strong enough or tough to play against. He's RFA, so perhaps his rights get traded after Chiarelli allows a handful of teams to negotiate contract details in advance.
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