How great does it feel to wake up and be able to say “ahhh, it’s gameday again?” Well Oilers fans another season is upon us, which officially starts tonight when the Winnipeg Jets visit Rexall Place. If the pre-season was any indication, the Jets will be a tough team this season but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beat. In fact, they may be one of those pesky teams to play against but in the end the Oilers should have success against them. Will that translate into a win tonight? Time will tell but for now we are left looking at what the Oilers must do in order to have success this season.
Changes were made to the roster, the coaching staff and the management. Yes the Edmonton Oilers have undergone a facelife of sorts and if you go by the exhibition games, this version of the Oilers look promising.
Sure there are doubters that still believe this team won’t make the playoffs, citing the lack of depth at centre, the holes on defense and the question marks in goal. Some of it will hurt the Oilers but with game 1 of 82 going tonight, Craig MacTavish and his posse have plenty of time to address those needs as the season rolls along. Obviously waiting until the trade deadline would prove to be costly and likely too late but we know they are going to give players like Mark Arcobello, Will Acton and Denis Grebeshkov (just to name a few) a legitimate chance to help this hockey club win. In the end, if they fail to deliver and play to the level that is expected of them then Mac-T will be forced to make changes in an effort to make a last minute charge for the playoffs.
But there are other keys aside from the fringe players producing, Gagner and RNH returning that can drive success for the Oilers this season and we take a look at what they are.