Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Edmonton Oilers

BLOG: Searching for 'The Guy'

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins says the most frustrating part of tonight's 5-0 loss was the lack of a leader. The team lacked one player stepping up and taking charge of the team to push back at the soaring Red Wings.

"We had no one stand up and push back," said Eakins. "We've got a group that is hurting, they're dying, they've lost their confidence. The best way to get your confidence back is with success. It starts with one guy to push back and you hope that it feeds the rest of the group. All of these guys at some point in their career, every player and every coach in there that's played, have all been looked to to be 'the guy'."

Eakins says everyone has had that chance to be 'the guy' and they have to remember that and move forward with it. However, one player can't shoulder the load on their own and it will take the collective group to make a difference.

"When things are going badly like this, you've got to remember that you've been 'the guy' and it's time to stand up. It can start with one guy, but it's got to be everybody. It can't just be our captain competing hard or a goalie making a couple of big saves, it's got to be the whole group. None of us are as strong as all of us. We all have to be strong together."

View More