It’s nearly the middle of December and after taking the first ten days of the month off to welcome our second child to the family (yes, she will be an Oilers fan hopefully), I resume my daily writing duties here at Oil on Whyte.
A few days of lying in the hospital at all hours of the night listening to babies cry gave me plenty of time to think, brain storm and come up with off the wall ideas on how to make the Edmonton Oilers a better hockey club. I’ll save some of those ideas for another day but the another thought that came to me was the curiosity of how well Oilers fans are holding up to this point.
Gauging the reaction to the Oilers play on Twitter is a great way to get a pulse on the thoughts and feelings around Oil Country, but it’s a small sample size.
So I wanted to get the readers opinions and thoughts. Have the majority of Oilers fans given up on this season as the holiday season approaches?
Still dwelling in last place in the Western Conference despite the Calgary Flames within striking distance, the Oilers have been playing some better hockey of late. Although, the inconsistencies continue to haunt this team from making any serious strides up the standings.
Being an Oilers fan is tough. Seven years of no playoff hockey and numerous high draft picks bring renewed optimism every year, only to watch the team struggle in various facets of the game, including the front office.
Now it appears that the consecutive years of no meaningful hockey in the spring months will be stretched to eight with the Western Conference dominating the NHL this year.
Throw in the injury bug that won’t leave this team alone and it’s difficult to argue what this team could do if and when they ever get fully healthy.
Maybe it’s the optimist in me that so badly wants this team to string together seven wins and make it out of 14th in the West. Or win 15 of their next 20 games and provide that glimmer of hope that the playoffs are an outside possibility.
Or maybe I’m just so sleep deprived that I’m not focusing on what this club truly is…..inconsistent. Until that changes, this club won’t be making any strides other than further cementing their legacy as the bottom feeding Oilers.
Now that I have that off my chest, what’s your thoughts on the current state of the Oilers? Take part in our poll and let your voice and possibly your frustration be heard.