The Oilers have completed 48 games, which is the equivalent of what they had all of last year's lockout-shortened campaign. With 35 points, they are 10 points behind what last year's club had. Coach Eakins gave his thoughts on the year so far.
“Back in the summer, when this opportunity arose, one of the main decisions was the group of young players and an opportunity for them to grow with me and for me to grow with them.
“Probably the main thing for me was the organization and the people running it. That was probably the biggest deciding factor for me.
“I knew there was going to be some pain involved here but I didn’t think we’d have this many struggles. I think the main struggle of the season goes back to what I like to call the perfect storm early on. We are growing. I think I’m getting better as a coach. I think the core of our players are getting better. And I’m very hopeful that in a short amount of time we’ll look back on this first 48 games or this first season and understand that that adversity has prepped us for better days ahead.”