The Edmonton Oilers feature many budding stars. Most of those young players have enjoyed notable team success at lower competitive levels.
So don’t expect them to settle into a loser’s mentality in the NHL. At some point they draw on their past success
“We’ve definitely addressed that in the lockerroom,” forward Jordan Eberle told the Edmonton Sun. “It’s something that at the start of the year, and throughout the year. You can’t have an ‘it’s acceptable to lose’ mentality. But I don’t think anyone in there really has it. As professional athletes, most of us in there are really competitive people. We want to win. I don’t think that’s really creeping into the room. And I know, as a leader of the team, it never will, we’ll never let it.
“That’s when things go south. I can’t see it happening, we’re just too competitive in here, we want to win.”
Yeah, but the Oilers didn’t win this season when many expected them to enjoy a breakout season.
“Nobody wants to lose, it’s pretty obvious,” Eberle told the Sun. “This year is the most frustrating because we had a team that had been successful. We showed we can be a playoff contender and we just let it slip away.
“So definitely this year has been tougher to swallow. But I think it makes you hungrier and hopefully makes us better in the long run, and I think it will.”
Edmonton staged a full-scale collapse during the final quarter of the season. That sort of failure can plant extremely negative seeds.
“These are really tough times, definitely tough to take,” Taylor Hall told the Sun. “At times it kind of wears on you, but you have to focus on the positives. If you take away these last nine games, it was a fun year for us, we learned a lot.”