Its day two of the Syncrude Oil Country Championship here in Edmonton, which means its time for the 2nd annual Celebrity Pro-AM. The event always brings a lot of insights into the upcoming season's Oilers, which should rejoice the team's fans after the organization suffered a heart-wrenching playoff elimination to the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.
In an exchange with 630 CHED's Bob Stauffer, netminder Cam Talbot had some reassuring words for the Oilers community:
"It [the playoff elimination] was bittersweet, but you've got to look at what we accomplished: we've matured as a team. We have gotten that playoff experience everyone said we didn't have." When asked whether he was fatigued during the team's final playoff stretch, he negated the accusations: "I was ready to win the remaining games for a Stanley Cup Championship. I was both mentally and physically prepared."
Last season, Talbot started 73 of the team's 82 regular season games. A stint throughout which he managed to maintain a save percentage of .919 with a GAA of 2.39. He would go on to compete in all thirteen playoff games of the 2016-2017 season, during which he would increase his Sv% to .924. He is about to begin his third season with the Oilers organization.