It’s interesting to be an Edmonton Oilers fan while living outside of Edmonton, let alone outside of Alberta. This week, I’m in Alberta, although my Oilers aren’t. Good timing on my part!
I’m a very active reader of anything Oilers related. News, TV, interviews, blogs and an occasional vlog. My go to for instant Oilers news and opinions is Twitter.
One major advantage of being in the City or the Province of the team you cheer for is the fans are everywhere. Therefore, you can talk Oilers while having a coffee, standing at the bus stop, or at a business meeting. For those of you who live that everyday, don’t take it for granted.
There has of talk this week of the “impending” Taylor Hall acquisition, which, as it turns out, was ruined by some team called the Coyotes. I was on record of supporting such a move to Edmonton, as long as the price was right. There was much spoken, and much written on what the Oilers were willing to move in that deal. Although I believe we are a playoff team, I don’t think we are one player away from being a playoff team to being a contender.
Oilers GM Ken Holland preaches stability. Players such as Oskar Klefbom and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can attest to the lack of stability over the decade of darkness. That said, I think a move or two are needed. I’m not sold on our backup goaltending, but unfortunately I can’t see a move to be made there. A scoring winger would be a welcomed addition to the Oilers top six, s would a right handed third line centre. I have suspicion that we will see some movement sooner than later.
The Oilers currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division with a record of 19-14-4, for 42 points. After 37 games last year, the Oilers were 18-16-3 for 39 points. I’m not as concerned about where we are or were we have been than I am of where we’re going and where we’ll end up. Can we maintain a winning record though the second half of the year? I’m cautiously optimistic that we can, but a few changes to the roster are necessary.
The Oilers have five games left until the midpoint of the season; Blues, Penguins, Canadiens, Canucks and the pesky Flames. Ten total points available during this tough stretch. I’m predicting the Oilers go 3-1-1 over the next five games, culminating with a record of 22-14-5 or 49 points. A playoff team, but not yet a cup contender.
Now it’s up to the boys, the coaching staff, and Ken Holland to make the necessary adjustments to make our playoff dream a reality. What’s to come?
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