Progress, yes, but an inability to defend a lead against a playoff-savvy team ousted the Edmonton Oilers early from Stanley Cup contention. General manager Ken Holland pointed to statistical categories in which the Oilers improved in his first season at the helm in 2019-20. But the GM was “massively disappointed” to fall to the Chicago Blackhawks in four games in a best-of-five qualifier.
We have a lot further we need to go in order to be a team that can really compete for the Stanley Cup. I feel we were a team that scored more goals and defended better. We were better on special teams.
You’re not going to run amuck in the playoffs. You’re playing against teams that are good hockey teams. On the future: “We’ve got to get back to training camp and we’ve got to put ourselves back in the same position next year.