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October 14 2016 05:00AM
Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
October 13 2016 11:44PM
Edmonton Oilers entered training camp with a few openings and a bunch of interesting options at each position: Draft picks, minor leaguers and some college men. Handicapping the field, I guessed we might see Jordan Oesterle and Jujhar Khaira break camp with the big club. Who won the jobs? Let's have a look.
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