The Edmonton Oil Kings enter the 12-13 WHL season as a strong contender to repeat as WHL champions. Do team repeat in the dub?
The answer is “not often, and lately not at all.” The last champions to repeat were the mid-90s Kamloops Blazers and they were a loaded club, featuring Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Darcy Tucker, Brad Lukowich, Jason Strudwick and others.
This Oil Kings roster has some outstanding young talent, but there are also concerns. The blueline lost Mark Pysyk and one of the players likely to fill the gap (Martin Gernat) is “day-to-day” with a shoulder injury that could develop into a longer term worry (the vague words coming from the Oil Kings on this matter have me in the fetal position–this kid is a good prospect). Is he gone for a long time? Half a season? Why are they being vague?
I was talking about the OK the other day on Oilers Nation, and specifically about Mitch Moroz. Poster Tha Legion chimed in with “just heard bob green I think on Gregor’s show say he’s gonna play with foster and st Croix, pretty good company.”
If the kid can keep up with those two, 30 goals might be possible. I don’t know if he has the hands for it, but he’s either turned a corner since last fall, the Oilers are pressuring a push, or both.
The Kootenay Ice are up first for the Oil Kings and the game is tonight. I’ve heard that as many as 10,000 will attend and honestly the excitement level for this team is incredible. Game is on Team 1260 with Corey Graham and Kent Simpson this evening, 7pm.