On Rebuilding, Part Nine: The Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
September 12 2012 01:04PM

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Edmonton Oilers. Get comfortable because this is a long one.

Before we get into the details, let's set the stage a bit:

  • Edmonton blew their team up, nuclear-style, and deliberately iced a bad team in order to get high picks.
  • They have been rebuilding since 2006 and are no closer today to the playoffs than they were the year after the 2006 cup run.
  • The Oilers are in the same boat as the Islanders and Blue Jackets.
  • Management in Edmonton is incompetent. The Oilers have been one of the worst-run organizations in the NHL since the lockout and there is no reason to believe that they can improve simply because now they have better players.
  • Just gathering together 1st overall picks isn’t going to resurrect the team and then when that talent blossoms they will leave for greener pasture, making all that effort an exercise in futility.

Those are some of the many criticisms that have been leveled against the Oilers and their rebuild. They come from both inside Edmonton and rival NHL cities, fans and critics, media and analysts. Do any of those statements actually ring true though?

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Jason Gregor
September 12 2012 12:08PM

Unless there is a massive change in the next four days, and we avoid another lockout, expect the Oilers to assign Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz, Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Fedun, Teemu Hartikainen, Colten Teubert and Anton Lander to OKC before Saturday. Taylor Hall will not be on that list because he is injured, and you can't assign an injured player to the minors.

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September 11 2012 03:17PM

Some decisions in life are funny and some are not. This dude reacting to the news he is not the father in a Maury paternity test is funny. Jordan Eberle being the next Captain is no laughing matter. So you can watch the video above and have a good laugh or make the jump and have a good think. We are on the verge of a 10 year NHL strike - its every man for himself at this point.

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September 11 2012 01:44PM

It's early, but Patrick Thoresen is off to another strong start in KHL scoring and the former Oiler looks poised to have another terrific season for SKA Saint Petersburg.

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Jason Gregor
September 11 2012 11:40AM

Yesterday the NHL and NHLPA agreed to alter the start date for waiver period, thus opening the door for teams to assign their young players to their AHL affiliates. The Nation Network was able to obtain a copy of the new rules, and I will shed some light on what it means for the Oilers.

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