According to Dave Waddell, a CBC Radio guy based in Calgary, the new third jerseys the Oilers will use next season have been leaked. Waddell saw this jersey through a Google search of “oilers third jersey” that brought up a sponsored link from Adidas.
Here's the sponsored shopping link that comes up when you google "oilers third jersey". Not available when you click through but the unveiling has to be close… @icethetics @oilersyyc #yeg #Oilers pic.twitter.com/AcyKiPXMj6
— Dave Waddell (@dave_waddell) August 10, 2019
The new design, if this ends up being real, is much different than anything we expected to see from the Oilers. When the league went with the Adidas re-design back in 2017, the Oilers rolled with the orange jerseys as their home outfit, scrapping the royal blue outfit they had used in previous years. The team experimented with using the royal blue again as a throwback series four times last season and it was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
Rather than looking to the past, the Oilers seem to be going in a totally new direction with these uniforms. The dark blue body is somewhat similar to what they used back in the 90s and 2000s, but this jersey features a more aggressive orange logo, which sticks with the overall orange aesthetic the Oilers are going with.
A handful of teams introduced third jerseys with Adidas last season and this leaked Oilers re-design is in line with other looks from around the league. These jerseys are all focusing on have a sleek look with one or two colours really popping out. As I said above, the Oilers seem to really be leaning into orange as their colour.
I’m personally a big fan of the Oilers’ royal blue jersey and would be disappointed with the team removing those from their rotation. As I’ve stated before when writing about jerseys, I’m a more the merrier type. If the Oilers use this new-look style as their alternates, maintain their current home and away jerseys, I figure they should still use the royal blue jerseys a few times a year as their throwback uniform.
What say you, Nation? How do you feel about these leaked jerseys? Like them? Hate them?