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Oilers forward Ben Eager keen to show new head coach Ralph Krueger he's ready to play

Ben Eager wants to put last season and his off-ice troubles behind him and show that he can be an...

Ben Eager wants to put last season and his off-ice troubles behind him and show that he can be an effective member of the new-look Oilers. (Perry Mah, Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

Ben Eager would like to forget last season.

And he won't be pasting his off-season news clippings in any scrapbooks, either.

But the big winger can't change the past, only his future, so he's vowing to do everything in his power to make sure his second year with the Edmonton Oilers doesn't look anything like his first.

"I want to have a better year than I did last year, for sure," he said after skating with teammates in preparation for the start of training camp on Sunday. "I think I can bring a lot to this team and I'm ready to do that."

Last year hit the wall before it even started, with a concussion in the Joey Moss Cup, of all things. It cost him all of the pre-season and the first three games of the regular season. From there, it deteriorated into a chicken-and-egg situation with former head coach Tom Renney, who didn't have much use for Eager as a player. The coach would cut Eager's minutes back, down to five or six minutes a night some games, and Eager


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