As the 2015-16 season comes to a close, the Oilers regrouped once more at Rexall Place to speak to the media about their upcoming summers.
Oilers forward Jordan Eberle was just such a player that reflected on the season that played out for Edmonton this year.
“No one likes losing. We’re all professionals, we’re competitive people, it’s not fun being out of the playoffs and having to sit at home and watch other teams fight for something that you ultimately want to win,” he said matter-of-factly. “I think, when you look back on this season, we’ve definitely made improvements, I know… we’re nowhere near where we need to be but I think, when you look back on our goals-against average, our goals differential, our specialties, we have made improvements and that’s definitely a positive sign. But ultimately, like I said we’re not where we want to be.”
A season that did not see the team finish in a favourable position stirs questions about player changes that may be made in the summer, to which Ederle admitted that changes are inevitable in a business such as this.
“There’s always going to be questions, as with any team, I don’t think it’s really different from any other years. It’s always going to be the same, who’s going to be back and whose not,” he said. “I think when you’re finishing 29th there’s always going to be changes. With that being said, there’s changes throughout every lineup coming in, but ultimately that’s out of the player’s control really. All they can do is play on the way the left and deal with what happens in the summer.”