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Never underestimate the power of determination

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley / EdmontonOilers.com

Haven't we always been told to expect the unexpected?

If anything, that's what Team Europe proved to the world when they made their way to the finals to face Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup in Toronto.

What was seen as a group of misfits from different countries became a band of brothers that pushed and challenged their opposition from day one.

"I think everyone thought the same thing," said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, having returned to the Rogers Place barn for camp.

"We had such a good group together and it was kind of fun to see how everyone kind of gelled together after a while. It was a very valuable experience for me." 

There was a feeling out process that had to occur, find the rhythm of each player, see how each could make it work to the team's advantage and how could they apply it to produce a winning outcome. 

The truth of the matter is, they weren't the only team navigating this system, each of the eight teams had to find what worked best among them.

"I know we were underestimated but we knew what we had in the group, what kind of personal and power of the players so we just tried to play to our strength," said Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera. "[We played] defensively, when we had our chance [against Canada] we would try to score more goals than them and win a couple of games. It didn't happen, but I think we put them to the test."  

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