Our beloved Edmonton Oilers are now a pitiful 1-6-1 on the year. Sadly their playoff hopes are already fading especially considering the even longer road trip just around the corner in November. A quick look at the numbers says that the Oil need a .622 winning percentage to reach 95 points and a shot at the playoffs. The Oilers need to stop the bleeding before it is too late. Coach Dallas Eakins has implemented new systems and the players look like they haven’t grasped it as yet which is not good news for anyone.
What about Ryan Smyth? Ryan Smyth was a first round pick for the Oilers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (#6 overall), but he wasn’t their first choice in that draft- that honor went to Jason Bonsignore at #4. The Oilers pick of Smyth eased the pain of the Bonsignore selection (the original #64 was last seen running a small amusement park somewhere in New York state). What followed was a career for Smyth which weaved through 17 NHL seasons- most of which were for the Edmonton Oilers. The 2013-14 NHL season represents the last season of Smyth’s current contract and after 2 goals in 47 games last season, how will the Oilers elder statesman be used this fall? Will this season be his last? Should it?