The rivalry between these two Prairie teams has gone flat for the past number of years. I look for things to change as both teams become highly competitive and vie for bragging rights in the Province of Alberta and playoff positions.
I am anxious to see how Connor McDavid, the youngest team captain in NHL history, will quietly lead the Oil by example. McDavid is a terrific young man and exceptional talent. If he remains healthy and with a full season under his blades look for this kid to light it up.
It will also be interesting to see if Milan Lucic regains the form from his best seasons as a Boston Bruin. Discipline will be a key ingredient to Milan’s success or failure this season.
An added bonus that the Oilers have going for them is the return of Wayne Gretzky to the organization. ‘Gretz’ was announced today as a Partner and Vice Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group. I’ll have more to share on that at another time.