The last several years have, for lack of a better phrase, been a pile of horse shit.
The Oilers have been bad. Nay, they have been an atrocity on the ice and an embarrassment to the city of Edmonton. We have endured a lack of playoffs since the 1st year of the old CBA and the past 3 consecutive seasons have easily been the worst in Oiler history. I was forced to watch Patrick O’Sullivan play what resembled the game of hockey. I saw AHL defenses get their show ran by even the poorest offenses of the NHL, and Khabibulin’s goaltending was at best ECHL calibre.
I just want to know if this season the optimism I ALWAYS feel in training camp is justified. Is the suffering over yet? Is there more humble pie I need to eat as an Oilers fan? The Oilers look like they have a really sharp coach who can motivate the group. The forwards are a year older and bolstered by a healthy Hemsky and an electric Yakupov. The defense has a healthier Whitney, AHL phenom Justin Schultz, and newly acquired heavy hitting Fistric. Khabibulin has had the “MVP” title removed and “Backup Goalie” title put in its place.
I’m excited about the Oilers. This looks like the beginning of a transition towards a better, more competitive, Oilers.
Can they make the playoffs? I have no clue because my expectations for this team have been dashed so many times in the past, but I can say with certainty that they are infinitely better off than they were last year.