The Oilers are just as excited to open the season as the rest of the teams around the NHL. As far as the adjustments to the new staff and systems, the Oilers feel like they’re prepared to start the year on the road in St. Louis on Thursday.
“I think we’re pretty ready,” said Matt Hendricks. “We’ve been pretty tested so far in camp, in terms of knowledge and in terms of taking in the information the coaches want. Execution has gotten better and better. Throughout camp, from day one, we keep improving. We’re seeing affirmation, we’re seeing confirmation of that through video clips and stuff before practices.”
There are several new faces in the locker room, but the returning players want to erase last season’s results and push forward into a new season.
“I know this is an excited group,” said Hendricks. “There’s a lot of guys that want to start the season on the right foot, forget about last season, get all that crap out of us and start the year that we think that we can do.”