Connor McDavid brings the Oilers down to earth

Connor McDavid brings the Oilers down to earth

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The Edmonton Oilers have progressed in 2021-22 and should be a threat in the Western Conference this season, but their star forward Connor McDavid warns that it will be necessary to avoid swimming in overconfidence. 

Second in the Pacific Division during the regular season, the Oilers did well in the first two rounds by defeating the Los Angeles Kings and the Flames of Calgary, before being swept away by the Colorado Avalanche. Admittedly, they have made their longest playoff run since their presence in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, except that McDavid still has some disappointments in mind.

In 2017, his people had reached the second round and many expected to see them stand out. However, nothing happened and they were excluded from the playoffs twice in a row.

“Compared to 2017, we only won one more game, mentioned the club captain, as as indicated by NHL.com. We still have a long way to go and we know it. It takes every guy's contribution and it will be that way for the whole campaign.”

If everyone does their part, could the Alberta capital celebrate its first cup since the spring of 1990? Nothing is guaranteed, except that number 97 is inspired by the defending champions.

“Look at Colorado. They suffered a lot of injuries and there were several elements against them. They did everything to achieve success and in the end, they rose to the top. It takes every player, a complete organization to get there,” he said.

The pressure

Many observers believe that the McDavid's team will finish among the top clubs in the National League. The pressure will be there and more in the series. It will be particularly a question of not disappointing, as much in the regular season as in the playoffs.

“There are a lot of expectations this year, in the locker room and outside. Last year was a step forward, but we have to start from scratch by building on our latest accomplishments. Nothing comes for free in this league, we know that,” he said.