The Edmonton Oilers are looking for a new chapter for the 2018-19 campaign. While the Oilers have had an extremely embarrassing 2017-18 season and one in which they have drastically regressed from the previous season when they looked like a legitimate playoff contender, the focus has been on making sure it will not happen again next season.
The same thing is the main objective for captain Connor McDavid, who revealed to GQ how awful was the last year in Edmonton with the team’s struggles and the fact that they missed the postseason.
“It was awful. It was terrible. It was miserable around town,” McDavid told GQ about playing a losing season in Edmonton. “I remember everyone just chirping at you all the time. I was at dinner one time with my parents, and I was walking out and guys were chirping me. They’re passionate people and passionate fans. When you’re winning, you’re a hero in this city, and when you’re losing they want to run you right out of it. They’re just passionate, and you have to be able to understand that.”
However, there might be an important reason why McDavid feels he couldn’t lead his team to the playoffs this past spring. McDavid revealed to GQ what was behind his struggles last season and surely hopes history won’t repeat itself in October.
The young Oilers captain played through a sickness that started in the first month of the season last year, but he did not miss any game time. He also still managed to score 26 goals and 54 points in his last 33 games, but a good first start matters.
“I don’t know what it was. I got really sick kind of early, in late October. It just kind of stuck with me,” McDavid told GQ. “I lost a bunch of weight. I didn’t miss any games, which was probably, in hindsight, what dragged it on the most. So I just tried to continue on with daily life, and that’s not what you’re supposed to do when you’re sick. So a lot of it is on me.”
Health is a priority and hopefully, a healthy McDavid will be able to lead his team to the postseason this time around… Or else, the year will one again be awful in Edmonton… Right, Oilers fans?
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