Let’s go back to late October. The lockout was fresh, and with no NHL hockey to cover, the horizon was looking bleak. Enter Bob Stauffer, Oilers employee and host of 630 CHED’s “Oilers Now” program.
I believe the Edmonton Oilers will make a move that makes people say ‘wow’ upon the CBA being completed, between then and the start of the season.
At that point, you had my attention. Although I would have liked to, I didn’t believe it then. At times, I’ve doubted this team’s commitment to win. I’ve never doubted their commitment to ‘rebuilding’, but I have doubted their commitment to ending the rebuild, and, well, y’know, start winning games.
And now’s the chance to prove me wrong, and to go out there and get a defender.
A NEW DAY
We’ve got a shortened season ready to kick off in less than two weeks. Andy Sutton is recovering from offseason knee surgery, and other than Justin Schultz (who has performed more than admirably in the AHL) this year’s defence looks a lot like last year’s defence, minus Andy Sutton. Camp is going to be a rushed event this year, and it’s already been discussed that teams aren’t expected to get a long look at prospects like they’re accustomed to do during non-lockout years.
In no particular order, here’s my look at the six who (barring a move) will be ready to go on opening night.
Nothing new here. I’m not even going to talk about ankles, although that remains a legit concern. This is so thin, it’s not delivery, it’s Frankie Delissio. When the injury bug hits (as it usually does) you’re really going to be in trouble. Again. Put JDD back in the net, show some tape from three years ago. Same as it ever was.
We’ve got a new CBA and a shortened season that starts in less than two weeks. Go out there, make the ‘wow’ move, and bring me an anchor on defence in time for training camp so that this team can start printing playoff tickets in April.
Too much, too soon?
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