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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers forward and alternate captain Jordan Eberle talked about the team's new interim head coach Todd Nelson and his history with him.

“Todd is a very smart guy. I know he watches all our games in OKC and having him in training camp and having him in the American League for half a season, he knows how to get the most out of players. He’s smart, he’s a very friendly guy off the ice and knows when to get on guys too,” Eberle stated.

“Having a new face and MacT back there will change things a bit but at the end of the day it comes down to us. They can only put the guys out there and we have to perform.”

Eberle echoed Taylor Hall's thoughts that the team feels responsible for Eakins' job loss.

“It’s tough. I think any time you lose your head coach you feel responsible as a team and as a player. It’s obviously not his fault, it’s deeper than that. It goes towards our team and our performance.

“We take a lot of responsibility as individuals in this locker room and we definitely feel like we let him down.”

Eberle was asked whether it was time to break up the core or even if he felt it would be good to move on. He was very quick to say how much loved being an Oiler and playing in Edmonton.

“I love playing in Edmonton. I would never want to leave here. Performance wise, I haven’t played my best and I know everyone in that locker room feels the same way,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve even touched the surface of where we can get to.

“The only thing we can do moving forward is play as hard as we can, and improve.”

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