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BLOG: Different energy, mindset heading into 2017-18

Oilers want to build off last season, beginning with getting off to a hot start

by Paul Gazzola /

More Oilers are making their way to Edmonton as they gear up for training camp, which begins next week.

Defencemen Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Eric Gryba took part in the informal skate on Wednesday, while forwards Milan Lucic and Jujhar Khaira have also touched down in Edmonton.

Video: RAW | Milan Lucic

Lucic spent the majority of his summer at his house in Los Angeles and his off-season entailed family, rest, relaxation and training. 

"That was a lot of fun being by the beach," Lucic said after the skate, "and just spending a lot of quality family time with my wife and two kids."

Lucic also got out to Vancouver to celebrate his 10-year Memorial Cup anniversary, in addition to spending some time in Hawaii for a wedding. Although the Oilers players were all in various parts of the world during the summer months, he liked the fact that everybody stayed connected via social media.

"It's good to see guys on the team all around the world doing their thing, getting ready for the season," Lucic said. 

"I think there's a different energy and mindset coming into this season versus last season," the winger continued. "Guys are excited, guys are ready to get things going and there's more of a chip on our shoulders to get back to where we left off."

The Oilers made major strides in 2016-17 by forming a 47-26-9 record and compiling 103 points - two back from the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton also registered a plus-35 goal differential.

The team wants to build off their past campaign and that starts with coming out of the gate hot, as they did last season.

"Hopefully we have a good camp so we get a good start like we did last year," said Lucic.

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