Bring me your tired, your slightly out of shape, your unprepared – for we are the NHL training camps – we can cure what ails you.
The camps have begun which means that grainy phone snaps, and lengthy social media pondering can begin. Indeed the Edmonton Oilers have laced up their skates for the 2014 training camp, and this gives us (and the coaching staff) the first opportunity to size up the roster.
Nail is smiling. Jordan thinks he has another gear. Taylor is optimistic about the future (and Nuge’s weight gain). Dallas Eakins scowls through honesty. If the first day or two of camp could be summed up in one phrase it would be “typical consternation”, and that’s not a bad thing.
Eakins has always been an honest fella, and so when he riffed on there being only two NHL centermen currently with the team, it’s bound to raise an eyebrow or two.
“Right now we have two NHL centermen, and I have no idea whom the other will be,” said Eakins.
Indeed this comment came immediately after discussing “battles at camp” with a casual camera cut to Mark Arcobello riding a stationary bike. Of course.
Coach Eakins assumes the defensive core has been upgraded with full-time NHL defenders, and quickly points to a nearly complete group of wing forwards.
“There could be a spot or two open on the wing. It may only be one,” Eakins points out.
Again, the forward positions seem set in Eakins mind outside of the centers who will really have to duke it out for major league ice time. That’s a story that’s been developing for an entire year.
Once the team hits the ice for practice and scrimmage time we certainly will all realize more fully what the Oilers 14-15 will look like, and by extension the Oklahoma City Barons. Stay tuned.