April 14 2014 10:50AM
The Oilers playoff drought is now eight seasons, tying them for the 2nd longest playoff drought in one city with Boston, 1960-1967, and Washington, 1975-1982. Florida fans hold the record for enduring the longest heartache after watching the Panthers miss for ten consecutive seasons.
Can the Oilers improve by 25 points and be in playoff contention next season?
April 10 2014 11:59AM
The Los Angeles Kings are a prime example of how to build a winning team. Rarely does it happen quickly, but solid, diversified drafting can build you the foundation for success.
Many of the King's important players were drafted and developed from within, and if the Oilers ever hope to be a contender again it will come via their home grown players.
April 08 2014 12:26PM
Every player prefers wins over personal statistics, but with three games remaining the personal goals are more interesting to discuss than whether or not the Oilers will have a 14.2% chance (28th place) or an 18.8% chance (29th place) of winning the draft lottery.
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron are battling for the team lead in goals -- they each have 27 -- while Hall is also trying to become the 12th player in Oilers' history to score 80 points.
Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson did it, but can you name the other six? (*answer at bottom)
April 07 2014 09:34PM
Taylor Hall has had a strong end to his season. With nine points in his last four games he now has 77 points on the season and he only needs three points in his final three games to become the first Oiler since Doug Weight in 2001 to score 80 points.
Hall joined me on my radio show today to discuss his season, what parts of his game he is trying to improve, adapting to another new coach and how he views his team heading into next season.
April 04 2014 01:25PM
The Oilers wrap up their road schedule tonight in Phoenix. Only Buffalo has won fewer road games, 8, than the Oilers' 12. Florida's final five games are all at home, and if the Oilers do win tonight they will tie the Panthers with 13 road wins.
Regardless of what happens tonight, this won't be the worst road season in Edmonton history. In 1993/1994 the Oilers won a measly 8 of their 42 road games and in 2009/2010 they won 9, while in 1992/1993 they won 10. Hopefully one day in the next five years we are talking about competing for most wins, not fewest