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Rays of sunshine in dark season for Oilers

Oilers (from left) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall during the Green Carpet at...

Oilers (from left) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall during the Green Carpet at the CCMA Awards in Edmonton on Sept. 8, 2013. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency/Files)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

EDMONTON - It’s like the old definition of an optimist. In a pile of manure that high, there’s got to be a pony under there somewhere.

Turns out, there are four.

If the 12-24-3 Edmonton Oilers pick up their season where they left off before their exceptional 6-2 Christmas gift game against the Winnipeg Jets, we’ll mostly be back concentrating on the pile of manure again.

But until they drop the puck in Calgary tonight and the Oilers return home to play the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday on Hockey Night In Canada, it’s an opportunity to contemplate big picture positives.

They are there. Hidden in plain view.

In the Boxing Day edition of the Edmonton Sun we dealt with Taylor Hall’s development path toward becoming the first of Edmonton’s No. 1 overall picks to becoming a dominant player. Part of the evidence submitted included the fact he’s sitting 20th in the NHL scoring race with 33 points in 32 games played.


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