That’s Derek Sanderson with a step on Orr, about 1970. I think this photo (I believe it’s training camp) is a nice item to post today because this is going to be a season where enjoying the game for what it is becomes the prudent thing to do.
The Edmonton Oilers look for all the world like a team that is on its way to a lottery selection, and if that happens Kevin Lowe is probably gone and a new regime will arrive in Edmonton to pick up the pieces.
I don’t really think there’s much sense at this point in time talking about the playoffs or who is going to play 2line right wing. One is a fantasy, and the other has multiple answers with the final one probably a year away.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to this fall:
- A complete recovery by Fernando Pisani, a guy who worked too hard and came from too far back to lose his career now.
- The emergence of Marc Pouliot as an NHL regular.
- Ales Hemsky stepping forward into the 90 point plateau.
- Shawn Horcoff working his ass off every night. Again.
- Raffi Torres delivering oddly impressive numbers that are slightly out of focus with the on-ice appearance.
- Dustin Penner fitting in.
- JF Jacques getting a point, and then another.
- Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Slava Trukhno and a plethora of other fine prospects.
- Dwayne Roloson playing hard every night, the modern Gilles Meloche.
- Ladislav Smid getting better.
- Steve Staios delvering again.
- Sheldon Souray’s big shot.
- Joni Pitkanen. Man I’m looking forward to seeing him play.
- Craig MacTavish and his lines and pairings.
The Edmonton Oilers are coming to town. Time to be a fan, and stop thinking so much.
It’s not going to help.