He Looks Like An Accountant, But So Did Gretzky
Ever since I returned to watching hockey(I'd stopped paying attention between around 1991-2000), the Oilers seemed to be a bad hockey team.
Then came last season, and all of a sudden Three rookies storm through the starting gate. I know Eberle wasn't drafted last year, but including Linus O'Mark (: p) the team has got 4 legitimate young players who understand goal scoring.
Let us count the Exact number of Competant NHL level scoring type players developed by the Oilers since 2000:
Add Hemsky and Oilers have 5 competant NHL scorers.
Hoppy as he's known in Red Deer, has the potential of Sakic, Yzerman, Messier, who knows?
I didn't want to write Messier, but apparently the newest star Oiler prospect has great potential.
Between 2000-2008 OIlers never had anyone remotely like this guy.
One top scout mentioned Gretzky as a stylistic comparison. Gretzky!
The next 3-5 years are going to be Classic Hockey Team growing, then exploding. Who knows? It might even be this season.
Normally I'd mention the Flames, but since they're doomed to end up in 9th with even less future, best not to bother.