With training camp winding down and the exhibition slate scheduled to begin tomorrow, the Edmonton Oilers are gearing up for what promises to be an exciting season. Camp has opened up some questions surrounding the club and while we wait for answers, the upcoming games will have no meaning in the standings, but for some, it means the world.
The club opens up their eight game exhibition schedule Saturday night with a split version of the Battle of Alberta. One game in Calgary and one in Edmonton means every player will get some game action in.
But as fans, is it worth putting much stock in the upcoming exhibition games? Sure it’s nice to be able to go to the rink in shorts in September and watch the regulars that we know will be on the team; Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and Justin Shcultz to name a few. Of course there is the possibility that some or all of the aforementioned won’t be in the lineup for every game in September, not with rookies and some newly acquired AHL players trying to make the big club.
Line combinations will be sporadic as will the special teams with many getting an opportunity on the power play. Deven Dubnyk will share the load in goal and whether the Oilers win or lose, Dallas Eakins and his staff will look to resolve many of the questions that surround this club.
So with that, we ask you the readers, do you put much stock in the Oilers upcoming exhibition games? Take part in our daily poll and let’s see what the readers think.