From Prodigal Hockey's "Pipeline" blog, Josh Evans writes that the Prodigal team traveled to Edmonton to get a crash course on what it means to be an Oiler. Evans writes
A consistent goal of the Edmonton Oilers franchise is to provide the same environment for their players in Oklahoma City that they will experience in Edmonton, except the sometimes -40 degree cold.
Everything from quality of the dressing room, the system they will play to the expectation of the type of community involvement they will experience while with the big club, the management in Edmonton wants them to experience in Oklahoma City.
While this seems to be a good long-term strategy, I'm concerned a bit about the "A consistent goal of the Edmonton Oilers franchise is to provide the same environment for their players in Oklahoma City that they will experience in Edmonton" bit. Does this mean that the Oklahoma City Somethings are going to roll lines and defensive pairings? Does this mean that the captain is going to throw the team under the bus? Will the Somethings general manager take two years to assess his new team? Will Kevin Lowe instruct the Somethings to collect lots of assets? Will the young players be ostracized in the locker room?
Maybe the Oilers should have instructed the Prodigal people in the finer points of the Detroit model. Or the Chicago model. Or the Pittsburgh model. Or whatever borrowed strategy the Oilers claim that they're using now. Good luck young Somethings - you're going to need it.