Connor McCaptain Next Season
God that looks good. Apologies for the lack of content lately. It was an absolutely ugly weekend for me. Like Nikitin in the defensive zone ugly. Forgot how insanely chaotic finals week can be, especially when all your classes have papers due at the same time. And I think I’m getting sick.
The good news is, I’ve prevailed from the first barrage of papers/finals that came at me like a Beatrice Bouchard vacation, so I’ll have a healthy amount of time to spend pumping out blogs like [insert any wife joke] this week. We’ll have some playoff previews (anybody but Florida). I don’t particularly want to do them, but one of the perks of being the boss is you have subordinates to do that shit for you. We’ve also started doing series previews for the Blue Birds, as Kwas so kindly started. The first one had a lot less homerism than I wanted, I apologize. Kwas already predicted one more loss than we did for the Oilers all season long. And of course, the Oilers Awards™ are coming, I promise.
I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this because it’s really the most obvious story on Earth. Pistol Petey held his first annual pre-draft lottery press conference earlier today and confirmed that the Oilers will indeed have a captain next season. If you have a brain that can functionally produce rational thoughts, you can figure out who that captain will be. Every Oiler – current and future former – reiterated the same idea in the locker room today. I believe it was Aibileen Clark who once said, “You is great. You is kind. You is important.” I really think, and I’m going on a limb here, that Connor felt this way today after the tire pumping he received from all of his teammates.
He was the leader on the ice by the end of the season
– Taylor Hall, immediately after commenting on how it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel
He does everything the right way. He doesn’t take shortcuts, he’s always the first one up the ice, first guy back on the backcheck. Connor is just one of those guys who leads by example and that’s a guy you can follow.
– Cam Talbot
Cam Talbot giving him the most praise speaks volumes to me, as we almost surely would have finished with about 50 points without him this year. Love Hallsy being coy about it. “By the end of the season.” Listen, Taylor, by the end of October we could tell this guy had more leadership in his left thumb than the majority of our core, maybe with the exception of Matty Ice. Certainly by the end of this epically painful season we knew that the guy should have been named captain before he walked off the draft stage. But that would have been unfair to Connor. Can’t do that. Anyways, you know what we say in Edmonton: “Next year!” And next year, all you punks who went out and bought Connor jerseys will need to take them in for an update (I’m one of them punks). Not a good look when you rock our captain’s name without his designation over the heart. Would be like wearing a Gator jersey without the ‘C’. That’s a goddamn swear word.