had a five on five save percentage last year that didn't make Edmonton fans want to run for the Pepto Bismol. The Oilers finally take that step from the laughing stock of the league to respectable in 2014-15. They won't make the playoffs, but they take a significant step in the right direction. Maybe Craig MacTavish actually knows what he is doing.
rebuild of character? So of all the people you bring in as a fresh face for this team, your answer is John Scott?! You took away the 'C' from Joe Thornton and you bring in John Scott. Ok, sounds like a great plan (sarcasm). Well, the Sharks are still the same up front (minus Marty Havlat, but he was always hurt so you will hardly notice he is gone anyways). They will score some goals, but they will need Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto to be big players in that offense. The blue line lost Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart and well...you will hardly notice they are gone too. Antti Niemi still resides in net for San Jose and is in the final year of his contract. Alex Stalock is hot on his tail for the starting gig, so this could be the swan song for Niemi in the Bay Area. This team is past their peak, but they still make the playoffs this year.