Last night’s affair between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets was based around a young lineup full of hopefuls, at least on the Oilers side. Other than three regular veterans, one who has only one year under his belt, the lineup consisted of young faces that represents the Oilers future. At least that was the case on offense with the defense corps having a much more veteran presence.
In the end the Jets held on to their lead that they had built up through the second period and held off an attacking group of Oilers in the dying minutes. Yes, it’s a loss but it’s a pre-season loss and considering the roster that Edmonton iced it’s not worth getting upset about.
There were some bright spots for the Oilers and it starts with Philip Larsen who had a goal and an assist. A deal with the Dallas Stars that sent Shawn Horcoff from Edmonton in exchange for some defenseman named Philip Larsen is suddenly paying off. At least through the first couple of exhibition games. An article in the Edmonton Journal this morning from Matheson has him stating what a pleasant surprise Larsen has been and he’s right. An early candidate for that final seventh d-man position, Larsen is making it difficult on the Oilers coaching staff.
Richard Bachman was solid in the Oilers goal, stopping 26 of 29 shots, a percentage that would win most games when the Oilers had their regular lineup on the ice. The AHL is likely where Bachman will start the season but it’s promising to know that a willing an able netminder could jump to the big leagues and provide some support if either Devan Dubnyk or Jason LaBarbera go down to injury.
Other positives included seeing Oscar Klefbom in an Oilers uniform for the first time this season and while he didn’t register a point, all reactions are that he played a decent game.
Nail Yakupov is shooting the puck which is always a promising sight. Like most Russian hockey players, he loves to score goals and if he can fire 4 shots to the net every night, he’ll light the lamp an awful lot this year.
Reaction on Twitter following the game was fairly low key, after all it was an exhibition game. But some of the Oilers’ fans reactions were positive in the fact that if the Oilers can scramble and press in the late minutes of every game like they did last night then they’ll be able to come back in games when trailing.
Another fan mentioned that the Oilers nearly came back on the Jets with a subpar lineup. With an offensive focused lineup expected on October 1st against the Jets, many are thinking the Oilers will be on the right side of the score when it counts.
With all these reactions taken into account, it’s time for the daily poll. What’s your reaction to last night’s loss. Take part in the poll and let’s see where the results end up.