You’ve heard it before. If you take a little bit out of your paycheque — and put it in some sort of investment, RRSP or high-yield account — the money adds up. It might not seem like a lot, cheque after cheque, but that’s how you build a nest egg.
Now, let’s apply that thinking to the hockey season.
With Tuesday’s 7-4 win over Nashville, the Oilers hit the 10-game mark with a 7-3-0 mark. No one wins a Stanley Cup based on how good they look in October and November. But, with every early-season win, they’re building a savings account of points that will help them later in the year.
“The first couple of games was not the start we wanted or expected,” said Leon Draisaitl, who had five points against Nashville, in the Oilers’ fifth win in a row. “But we’re finding our game, we’re finding our legs a little bit. We’re a lot to handle for teams when we skate, when we play our game, and stick within our structure.”
Let’s face it. The Pacific Division isn’t going to be the most competitive section in the NHL this year. A lot of us don’t think Vegas can hold the torrid pace at which they started the season. Calgary is going to be good, that’s for sure. But, then you get into Seattle, Vancouver, San Jose, Anaheim. That’s a solid range of mediocre to just plain bad.
The Oilers are already building a nice cushion, and separating themselves from the meh squads.
If the gap continues to increase in the early part of the season, it gives Oilers president and general manager Ken Holland, and coach Jay Woodcroft, the luxury of time.