Other than the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be the one team that you think will be the most interesting to keep your eyes on during the upcoming season?
Normally, I would say the Vancouver Canucks. But a soap opera is not what I had in mind. The franchise that I think will one of the most exciting to follow is the Edmonton Oilers.After four coaches in five seasons, stability is the goal for Edmonton. With a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Craig MacTavish as GM, and Dallas Eakins as the new coach, I think Oiler fans have a lot to be excited about.
In a press conference when he was hired, Eakins said,
The No. 1 thing we’re going to be committed to is competition. If you’re going to play for the Edmonton Oilers, you’re going to compete…That’s how you win games in the NHL and that’s how you make your organization better.
Time will tell. You’re not coaching the Toronto Marlies now, my friend. And like Jon Cooper with the Lightning, all eyes are on you.
What Edmonton has that will make them fun to watch is an arsenal of high-powered guns: Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. In addition, they made some key acquisitions in the off-season including David Perron, Andrew Ference, and Denis Grebeshkov.
And like our Tampa Bay Lightning, goaltending and defense will be keys in how far the Oilers go in making and advancing in the playoffs.
What team gets your attention in the upcoming season? Drop us a comment below and let us know who you’ll be watching.