After the second full season of the Oilers in the ECHL, and the first under the Jason Christie tenure (as well as being the first season with a full affiliation -- with Winnipeg and Manitoba), the Oilers finished the season with about the same record, but wound up out of the playoff picture.
Much of that had to do with a lot of Manitoba injuries in the last six weeks of the regular season that saw several Oiler standouts moving to the next level, either via call-ups, or -- in the case of fan-favorite Emerson Clark -- loans to other AHL teams.
It would appear in looking at other teams' rosters and player movement this off season, there will likely be many AA level hockey players who will be lured across the pond with bigger money and less taxes to play the game that they love.
So far, the Oilers have really only made one transaction since the end of their season -- an offseason transaction from Toledo to complete a futures trade that sent defenseman Joe Sova packing to his former team. In return the Oilers picked up defenseman Andrew Prochno.
Rumors in the offseason have players like goaltender Kevin Carr not returning. Longtime Oiler captain Nathan Lutz retired after his final game of the season, he and his family returned to Saskatchewan.
Stay tuned to this website in the off-season; I will try and keep it updated.