It is the eve of opening night for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans on another NHL season. Expectations are mixed across Oilers Nation with the playoffs still a possibility for some, while others feel that the club is lacking too much depth in some positions. Either way, the game returns tomorrow when the Winnipeg Jets come to town and fans across the league are ready for puck drop.
By now we have heard the stories about how change was promised when the Oilers made Craig MacTavish the GM and after the summer months it’s safe to say he lived up to his promise. Did he do enough to warrant a playoff spot? The team is thin at the centre position, don’t have a legitimate top two defenseman and Devan Dubnyk has plenty of attention on him and whether or not he can carry this club to the postseason.
Many questions are still at large surrounding the Oilers and many of them won’t be answered until the next seven months have passed.
But tomorrow night it’s game one of eighty-two for the Oilers and with a sold out Rexall, packed full of hockey starved fans who bleed copper and blue, optimism is in the air.
It’s a new season that represents a new era in Edmonton. The Dallas Eakins era is upon us and one thing is guaranteed this year; it will be difficult to find a club that will out work the Oilers given the coaches fitness and compete levels that he’s demanding from every player.
Will it translate into wins? It will on some nights while others the lack of depth and skill at certain positions will be too great to overcome by simply outworking your opponent.
Hockey’s back starting Tuesday and for the Oilers it’s another opportunity to move this re-build forward. Will this club win forty games and be in the playoff conversation down the stretch? Or will they limp along all season and finish the year with another 30-something win season?
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