Nugent Hopkins? Shoulder surgery. Sam Gagner? Mouth ambushed by Zack Kassian. Well we still have Boyd Gordon, but the more I look at this roster, the more it reminds me of one of our friends from Tim Hortons here:
As expected, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed an extension earlier today and it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of “the greatest 11 year old ever to play in the national hockey league.” Eight more years in fact, with his new deal of $6 million/year for 7 years that’ll kick in after this coming season.
With the exceptional amount of talent up front on this year’s Oilers, Dallas Eakins has the opportunity to do what hasn’t been done in Edmonton in what seems like a century or two: roll three scoring lines.
Watching an Oilers team struggle just has a certain level of comfortability doesn’t it? I know it’s just a prospects tournament, but watching any hockey only has me even more excited for when this season starts. So excited in fact, that I decided to make a list of what I’m looking forward to seeing the most.