Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is ready for the team to reap the rewards of its rebuilding process in the upcoming 2021-22 season.
"The time to win is now," McDavid told reporters after an informal skate on Tuesday. "I'm 24 years old. (Darnell Nurse) and (Leon Draisaitl) are 25 and 26 years old. (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) is 28. The old excuse that we're young guys is no longer. For us as a group, the time is now to start really pushing this thing. (General manager Ken Holland's) done his job and gone out and got pieces and added some things. It's on us now to put the thing together."
The Oilers launched their rebuild halfway through the 2009-10 season, a year in which they finished 27-47. Since then, the team has recorded eight losing seasons while drafting or signing talented players like McDavid to boost its roster.
Edmonton has reached the playoffs three times during its rebuild, including a first-round loss to the Winnipeg Jets last season.
For McDavid, he thinks the team already has what it needs to improve and build upon last year's success.