If the Edmonton Oilers had a sense of humour — and given what they’re still charging for tickets after seven years in the NHL cellar you have to imagine they do — they’d get somebody dressed in a Riddler costume to drop the ceremonial faceoff on opening night. With all of the question marks surrounding a new-look team desperate to shake some old problems he’d be perfect. From Devan Dubnyk in net to Anton Belov on defence to Mark Arcobello Jesse Joensuu and Will Acton up front and even rookie head coach Dallas Eakins behind the bench there is so much we don’t know about this team it’s a little scary. And riddle me this Edmonton: what can honestly be expected from a team when only one of its four centres actually played centre in the NHL last season? The answers are coming soon enough some as early as Tuesday night when the Winnipeg Jets try to get the jump on an old WHA rival. “At this time of year everybody is optimistic and likes that the slate is clean and there’s a chance for a changing of the guard” said new Oilers captian Andrew Ference who was brought here to help lead that change. “And you get a sense around here that guys are sick of being disappointed at the end of the year. “The readiness for doing things differently is there it’s just a matter of putting those things into action which is the hard part.” There’s no question after seven years of finishing an average of 25th overall in the final standings that the appetite for change is unanimous and voracious.
Questions surround current Edmonton Oilers team, but players say they're ready
Edmonton Sun | Oct 1