After seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks, training camp preparation was more familiar to Todd McLellan than it is in Edmonton. With it being his first season with the Oilers, and with so many new pieces to the team, it will take some time to get used to.
“It’s different,” said McLellan. “There’s no doubt about it, it’s different. The environment is different, the players are different. The hockey principles we want to put in place are the same. That part, I’m comfortable with. Everything else is a new experience for the players and the coaches. The pace of moving forward with your program won’t happen as quick as having an established team. For lack of a better analogy, if we’re in first grade now we can’t skip second and get to third. We’ve got to take our time and make sure we’ve got the fundamentals of first grade down and go from there. It will be a little bit slower than maybe what we’re used to, but needed.”