New-look Oilers are set for opener
Tulsa has a new coach, revamped lineup, new affiliation with St. Louis
A team with a good mix of returning veterans and young NHL prospects gives new head coach Rob Murray hope he can return the Tulsa Oilers to the ECHL playoffs for the first time in three years.
Fans get their first look at the team Murray has built when the Oilers host Kansas City in the season opener Friday at the BOK Center.
Murray comes to Tulsa after six seasons with Alaska, where he coached the Aces to the ECHL Kelly Cup championship in Kansas City at Tulsa 7:05 p.m. Friday BOK Center
Murray has assembled a team of players he expects to play fast paced, in-your-face hockey.
“I want a team that is going to play a fast-paced game, in your face, and be relentless on the puck,” said Murray, who replaces Jason Christie after his resignation after two seasons as Oilers coach. “It might waver from game to game depending on the lineup. That is what I want. I want hard forechecking and we have to be physical.”
With the return of third-year player Dennis Brown, Chris Joyaux and Eric Drapluk, the Oilers will be strong on the defensive end.