Oilers forward Luke Gazdic was in Edmonton on Tuesday making a guest appearance at Oilers Hockey School and sharing some of his thoughts about the upcoming season.
Gazdic expressed excitement as a result of the flurry of off-season changes the club has gone through recently, and what it could all mean moving forward.
“There’s definitely a lot of big changes happening, and there is a buzz in the city that I haven’t really felt since I’ve been here,” he said. "With the way things have gone over the last few years, I think change is to be expected and with change comes a lot of expectation. So it’s something that I know a lot of guys, including myself, are really looking forward to.”
With the off-season additions of fellow checking-line forwards Mark Letestu and Lauri Korpikoski, Gazdic is well aware the team make-up is bound to be different heading into the 2015-16 season. And given that notion of higher expectations, he knows what challenges lay ahead when it comes to the battle to make the lineup.
“It’s always been my mindset that I am coming in to earn a roster spot, and I have had that same mindset since my first pro camp, so it’s nothing new for me. I know I am going to come into camp in the best shape possible and give myself every chance to be an effective player in the lineup.”
The 6'4” left-winger has made 107 appearances with the Oilers over the last two seasons, tallying four goals, three assists and racking up 127 penalty minutes with 22 fights.