One of the newest members of the Edmonton Oilers says it’s time for a new attitude.
“This is a team that hasn’t really had an identity over the last couple of years. I think that’s the first thing we need to establish,” says winger Milan Lucic. “Having that ‘here we go again’ attitude, that negativity, needs to find its way out of the dressing room.”
Lucic was signed as a free agent on July 1 and will be one of the players relied on to lead the Oilers out of a ten-year playoff drought.
“We have our goals,” says goaltender Cam Talbot. “This fan base wants to see us make the playoffs. I think that’s a realistic goal based on the changes we’ve made this season.”
The Oilers finished 17 points out of the playoffs but last season, but are hoping the additions of Lucic, defenceman Adam Larsson, and 2016 first round draft pick Jesse Puljujarvi will propel them up the standings. Last year’s club also dealt with significant injuries to forwards Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle.
“It will be nice to have same coach (Todd McLellan). We can pick up where we left off last year,” says Eberle. “Guys are familiar with how he likes to run practices and his systems. I know we have some new guys, but they’re veteran guys who are going to pick up on that easily.”
The Oilers gathered for physical testing Thursday morning. Their first on-ice training camp sessions will be Friday morning at Rogers Place. (jrw)