October 13 2016 12:38PM
It's Connor McDavid's league now, he just chooses to let the others play in it. pic.twitter.com/NeBY4psLNB— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) October 13, 2016
The NHL couldn't have asked for a more exciting opening night, except the injury to Jonathan Quick, and there were only four games. Eighteen more teams will drop the puck on their season tonight and hopefully the early season fireworks continue.
Rookie Auston Matthews scored four goals in his NHL debut on National TV. It was incredible to watch, and many wondered if Connor McDavid could match his performance. McDavid didn't score four goals, but he scored twice, added an assist and showed off his dazzling speed throughout the contest.
Outside of Matthews and McDavid, four other players had three-point nights: Vlad Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk and Erik Karlsson, and nine others had two-point nights.
Goals are entertaining and we saw 30 in four games. I know it won't continue, sadly, but it sure was a great way to kick off the season.
October 13 2016 10:52AM
Outside of Jordan Eberle, the Edmonton Oilers entered their first game of the 2016-17 NHL season without any established middle-six players at right wing. This decision was criticized by many, including yours truly, but on opening night the club’s depth players did everything they could to quiet those concerns.
October 12 2016 11:24PM
Welcome to the house that Connor built. Final Score: 7-4 Oilers
October 12 2016 07:53PM
The rink McDavid built officially opens tonight as the Oilers unveil their brand new downtown arena to the NHL. Wayne Gretzky, who was front and centre for many spectacular moments at the old Northlands Coliseum, will be attendance, as will Mark Messier and a host of other special guests. Their will be a 30-minute pre-game ceremony and the official puck drop won't occur until around 8:45 p.m. Alberta time.
The new arena has generated a lot of nearby construction and in two years, when phase one is complete, downtown will be bustling and much more vibrant. Oilers fans are hoping a new captain, along with thirteen new players from last year's opening night game roster, will equal a more competitive on-ice product than they've endured for the past decade.
October 12 2016 03:30PM
Leon Draisaitl will start the year playing at centre, but it seems virtually certain that he’ll also see right wing fairly early in the 2016-17 NHL season. Where he ultimately ends up is a key component of today’s What Would You Do Wednesday question: Should the Oilers run a relatively balanced three-line attack or load their scorers on two lines?