"We all know what he brings."
Milan Lucic doesn't even have to skate a single shift at an Oilers practice, and the players on the roster already know all about him. The veteran of nearly 700 NHL games was the team's big free agency signing, and his reputation precedes him.
"I've never played on his team, but I've played a lot against him," said Oilers winger Matt Hendricks . "I've played in playoff series against him when I was in Washington and he's a beast. We need more of that. I'm excited that he's coming, because he has that top-line mentality. He can play those big minutes, the top power play, first line, he has a lot of success there and he brings another element to our team that I think is very important."
Hendricks spoke with media members at the Oil Country Championship Celebrity Pro-Am on Monday. He, along with other Oilers representatives voiced their opinions on the off-season moves. Lucic was a popular topic, even with one of the newest members of the team. Defenceman Adam Larsson , whom the team traded for a month ago, is used to playing against the opponents' top lines. Therefore, he knows how tough of an opponent Lucic is and what kind of presence he can bring when he's on your side.
"Obviously, he's one of the toughest forwards in this league," said Larsson. "It's good to have him on your own side. That's going to be fun."
Lucic has 159 goals and 397 points in 647 regular season games. He also has 64 points (26-38-64) in 101 playoff games.