Similar to that of students starting a new school year, the Oilers are sporting a new look heading into the 2016-17 season.
Acquiring players in the off-season that have added some considerable size to the Oilers roster, as well as a wealth of hockey experience, Edmonton has a newfound air of confidence heading into their home opener tomorrow night.
"We feel good," said Oilers forward Zack Kassian. "I think going into any season everyone's excited but considering we have a brand new facility here and the buzz around the city and the new players we picked up, I think it gives us some extra ammo heading into the season and everyone's looking forward to it and excited."
The look and feel of the Oilers could be considered a bit of a stark contrast to how the season began last year.
"I think we're a little bit older," said Oilers Captain Connor McDavid. "We signed some guys that are older and [who] have won before and I think that's a huge thing to have in the dressing room - is guys that have won and know what it takes to win. The late addition of Kris [Russell] also helps a lot, he's a little bit of an older guy and has that presence in the room as well. We did a lot of good things in the off-season and it's up to us now, the players to turn this thing around."