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The Oilers' potential to win the Stanley Cup is met with laughter by Draisaitl


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Sam Jones
June 4, 2024  (8:45)
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The Oilers' potential to win the Stanley Cup is met with laughter by Draisaitl
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The Edmonton Oilers, led by their superstar Leon Draisaitl, have had a transformative season, epitomized by their recent victory in the Western Conference final.

During his postgame interview with Sportsnet's Kyle Bukauskas, Draisaitl, prompted by a question about the team's year-long conviction in their championship potential, revealed a telling chuckle.
"I mean, certainly not early on. But I think we always knew how good of a team we have, and what we have in here and how tight this group is. Like I said, can't stress it enough, really proud of the guys. Wasn't an easy beginning to the year, but we all dug in, and obviously pulled ourselves out."
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The laughter hinted at the Oilers' rocky start, marked by a significant low point when they ranked 31st overall at the end of November. This slump spurred General Manager Ken Holland to initiate a dramatic overhaul, dismissing head coach Jay Woodcroft and assistant Dave Manson. In a bold move, rookie head coach Kris Knoblauch and Oilers legend Paul Coffey were brought in to redirect the team's trajectory.
Responding to the new leadership, the Oilers rallied impressively. The changes instilled a renewed spirit and determination within the team, propelling them back into playoff contention. This turnaround has not only revitalized the team but also reinvigorated their fanbase, setting the stage for what promises to be an exhilarating Stanley Cup final against the Florida Panthers.
As the Oilers prepare to face off against a formidable Panthers team that has dominated the playoffs, anticipation builds among fans. The eyes of Oilers enthusiasts in Alberta and across the country are set on the upcoming game, scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern this Saturday. The question now isn't just whether the Oilers can win, but rather, how they transformed their season of near-despair into one of potential glory.
This journey from the depths of the league standings to the pinnacle of NHL playoffs encapsulates the unpredictable and thrilling nature of hockey—a testament to resilience, strategic changes, and the indomitable spirit of a team that refused to give up.
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