More than anything, tonight’s Oilers game is about promise. It was suggested that Stan Weir should be posted before tonight’s game but to me Stan as an Oiler was a grizzled veteran, a guy whose teeth were scattered throughout North America.
I offer instead a picture of youth, of promise. If there’s one thing the Oilers are this season it is young and promising. With the exception of Slava Trukhno and Taylor Chorney pretty much all the important kids are on this roster to start the season.
Young men like Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner may spend the heart of their 20s in this city, and if things break right maybe even their 30s. They join an electric group of young men in their 20s, led by the ridiculous Ales Hemsky.
Give great effort, boys. Our experience tells us that small victories this season are more important than the won-loss record, and that hard earned lessons this season will make the town team stronger down the line.
It is, finally, opening night.