One of the Oilers newest acquisitions, Matt Hendricks is already paying dividends on the ice with his veteran leadership. Hendricks was a part of an Oilers fourth line tonight that not only brought energy to the team, but chipped in offensively as well. It is his vocal leadership however, that has gained attention.
“He’s a leader,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “That’s for sure. Sometimes what happens is a guy like that comes in and he takes a leadership role and he talks a lot and he works hard and maybe after a few games, if things haven’t gone that well, they sometimes get quiet. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen with Matt. I’ve asked him to… We need his kind of leadership and grit to rub off on our group and I think he’s providing that. He was excellent in the game for me and he was good on the bench. He’s another voice preaching the right things and I thought our group responded to him.”
Hendricks scored his first goal as an Edmonton Oiler tonight.