James Neal is looking quite comfortable in blue and orange.
The puck felt more like a rock to James Neal, and the net an ocean, as he scored four goals including a natural hat trick in the Oilers 5-2 win against the Islanders to open a four-game road trip.
Neal scored two goals in the first period, including one on the power play, before completing the hat trick in the second period on the power play.
Neal managed only seven goals and 19 points in 63 games last season with the Flames.
The scoring barrage continued just 2:15 later when McDavid and Draisaitl set up a similar play, this time setting up Zack Kassian for his third of the season, giving the Oil a 4-1 lead, and Varlamov the hook.
Neal began and finished the sequence that ended with his first goal.
Captain Connor McDavid quietly added three assists of his own, while Leon Draisaitl had a pair of apples himself.
Just 3:39 after taking the 1-0 lead, Neal forced an Islanders turnover deep in their defensive zone.
The Oilers allowed the game's first goal to New York's Anthony Beauvillier, but Neal got Edmonton on the board toward the end of the first period by cycling the puck around the net and positioning himself at the edge of the faceoff circle for a slapshot that buzzed right past Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss' blocker.
The final result was 5-2. Brock Nelson thought he'd pulled the Islanders to within two with just over three minutes left, but it was ruled that he had kicked the puck into the net.
The Islanders got the first four shots on goal of the game before the Oilers got their first, 7 1/2 minutes in.
He gets to play against New Jersey's shaky defense next on Thursday.