The Edmonton Oilers are an awful hockey team. They are also an EXTREMELY lucky hockey team. The Oilers have picked in the top 5 in the NHL Draft 4 out of the last 5 drafts. They picked number one overall three years on a row: 2010, 2011, and 2012. They have ushered in some great individual talents like Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, and Nail Yakupov to name a few yet despite this influx of talent the Oilers have not finished above .500 since the 2008-2009 season when they went 38-35-9 for 85 points. In fact since that season, the Oilers are 156-242-60 over the past six seasons. That’s embarrassing.
So what’s wrong? The Oilers certainly have the talent to be .500 or at least hover around there. Where to begin? You could point to the revolving door that is the coaching staff. Not a single coach has lasted 2 seasons since 2009-2010. You could point to the mediocre goaltending of Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.The two combined for 41 losses last season. For those of you counting that is HALF the season. When both of your goalies cost you HALF of the season, you are in trouble. This explains why the Oilers finished last in goals against with 283.
But it’s not just the goalies. The defense is AWFUL. I know plus/minus is an overblown stat, but go take a look at the d-cores numbers. You will do a double take. The Oilers are also REALLY bad at penalty killing. They finished the season at 76% when shorthanded. So basically my novice men’s team could score on them.
In short the Edmonton Oilers are REALLY REALLY bad at hockey. But that is all about to change.
The league has yet again gifted the Oilers with the number one overall pick. This is particularly significant because they will select Young Phenom Connor McDavid. He has been deemed the next one. There hasn’t been this much hype about a player since Sidney Crosby. This kid is an absolute stud. In the little I’ve seen of him, I think he is better than Sidney Crosby. Edmonton is no stranger to having the best player in the world. In case you forgot they had this guy who wore #99. He was pretty good. McDavid will create the same amount of excitement and buzz that Gretzky did. Obviously he isn’t going to break Gretzky’s records or anything but he will provide that same time of feel for the Edmonton fan base. I just hope he doesn’t go to waste like the previous number one picks mentioned above. If they somehow manage to mess this up the NHL should just ban them from the top 5 picks for the next 5 years. You’ve had your chances, enough is enough. With McDavid, the Oilers BETTER finish .500.