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Report: Oilers Star Player on Thin Ice for Start of Season

Published August 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM
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A Recent Report on Campbell's Future

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Although the 2023-24 season has yet to commence, Jack Campbell's future with the Edmonton Oilers is already on the line. While he's expected to have another opportunity to prove himself, his performance this season could sway the team's decisions regarding their goaltending situation. According to Allan Mitchell from The Athletic , should Campbell's consistency falter, the Oilers might explore other goaltending options to strengthen their lineup.

"If Campbell struggles again, it's possible the Oilers move him out in favor of a more consistent option."



The Goaltending Situation in Edmonton



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Mitchell's predictions suggest that Stuart Skinner could secure the main goaltending role, potentially relegating Campbell to a secondary position. If Campbell faces significant struggles, the Oilers are likely to actively explore the trade market for solutions. In extreme scenarios, if a trade becomes challenging due to Campbell's contract details, Mitchell speculates that the Oilers might consider Olivier Rodrigue from their minor league system, who has shown some promise.

Trade Options



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Notable veteran goaltenders like Connor Hellebuyck and John Gibson were available, potentially looking to avoid free agency by exploring trades with their respective teams. However, the Oilers currently lack the salary cap space to acquire such players without addressing Campbell's situation first. Contacting other teams for help would put the Oilers in a less advantageous position for negotiations. To part ways with Campbell, the Oilers might need to sweeten the deal considerably, making it less than ideal for them.

Jack Campbell's Journey with the Oilers So Far



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Campbell's journey with the Oilers began with high expectations following his recognition at the 2022 NHL All-Star game. Despite signing a substantial free-agent deal, he grappled with inconsistency and mental challenges which didn't help him as he worked to maintain a certain level of performance. While he had strong moments, such as a nine-game winning streak from January to February that boosted the Oilers in the division rankings, concerns persisted among fans.

Campbell played a crucial role in a comeback overtime victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4, but his presence in the playoffs was limited compared to Skinner, who gained the team's confidence. Although Campbell's performance, with 27 saves out of 28 shots, showcased his ability to change the game, doubts remained about his capability to elevate the Oilers to legitimate Stanley Cup contention.

The hope in Edmonton is that both Campbell and Skinner have a strong season, alleviating the goaltender concerns and positioning the Oilers as serious contenders for the Stanley Cup.

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