The history of the Edmonton Oilers is littered with a plethora of prestigious honours and accolades. The Oilers have taken home the Stanley Cup on five occasions, won seven conference championships, and have claimed two Presidents’ Trophies. In short, the Oilers have one of the most impressive lists of achievements in the NHL.
And yet, a team with such a rich history of excellence does not deserve the mediocrity that has defined the Oilers in recent years.
Last season, the Oilers were last in the West in shots taken, second-to-last in even-strength goal ratio, and only managed to attain four wins in the first 21 games. The Oilers eventually finished 7th in the Pacific division.
And yet, the Oilers have multiple spectacular players that, while oftentimes unpredictable, are more than capable of leading the Oilers to the Cup. Nail Yakupov, Ben Scrivens, Viktor Fasth, Andrew Ference, and David Perron are star are among the team’s strongest assets. The potential for the Oilers is huge, if and only if the team’s star players can play to the best of their abilities.
However, as the team has proven in the past, the Oilers are capable of veritable excellence. The ability to achieve success is there, the team just needs to dig it up. There’s no denying that, with the right talent, the Oilers can reignite the flame of their past, and leave the other teams choking in their dust.
The Oilers begin their pre-season on September 21st. The final exhibition game is on October 4th. The Oilers will commence their regular season by facing their arch-rivals and fellow Albertan team, the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place in Edmonton.