The Edmonton Oilers are getting where they need to be, but they aren’t there yet. Close, but no just yet. The Oilers missed the playoffs in the last couple weeks of the season, after having a great chance of sneaking in late. Edmonton ended 19-22-7, with 45 points and landed in the 12th spot in the Western Conference.
Nail Yakupov lead the young Oilers team with 17 goals this season, while Taylor Hall racked up a total of 34 assists to lead the team. The Oilers are young, and they’re getting better, they’re just not quite in the playoff contention level yet.
The Oilers have made it clear that they want to start dumping off some of their older players, and right now rumors are flying about Ales Hemsky going to Ottawa for Zack Smith. The move could happen anytime before the draft on the 30th. But at what point is your young team too young?
The Oilers special teams both ranked within the leagues top 10 teams. A solid 83.4% penalty kill, matched with a 20.1% powerplay is a force to be reckoned with on a nightly basis. The problem for the Oilers lies within the game of 5 on 5 hockey. The defense is spotty, and the faceoff percentage is the worst in the league. The Oilers were also only one of three teams that didn’t win at least 10 games on home ice.
For the Oilers, it’s just a matter of maturing as a group of hockey players. The team is skilled, and will be skilled for a long time to come. Although, I’m still unsure of why they would want to trade all of the older players, I’m not the GM so it’s not my job. I just sit back, watch, and enjoy every moment of hockey I can get.