Predicting The Pacific: Edmonton Oilers

 

Predicting The Pacific is a week-long event where we will look at a different team each day of the week and take a guess at where they will be amongst the rest of the Pacific Division come the end of next season. Here we go.

It’s been years since the Kings and Oilers rivalry was where it once was, but today we’re going to examine our old new rival.

In the midst of a lengthy playoff drought, the Oilers have seen their ‘rebuilding’ efforts stall considerably.  After years of compiling first round draft picks, the Oilers have felt some growing pains with their young stars, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Hordan Eberle, and Nail Yakupov.  With all this talent, the Oilers are still a franchise in desperate need to take the next step.

“This is the year” has been the mantra for the last few years, however Edmonton has developed a losing culture because of the lack of veterans and leadership.  Because the Oilers have been dwelling in the depths of the standings, I sense their young core is having a difficult time taking that next step into a contender because of this complacency with losing.

In order to develop the franchise into a solid contender for the playoffs, Edmonton is in need of some veterans capable of motivating the core.  The advantage veterans bring to the game is the way they prepare for the game and hold themselves responsible for losses.

Edmonton is also in great need of some size.  Their game up front is considerably small, and considering the size of some of the Pacific Division rivals, Sharks and Kings, the Oilers are in need of some physicality.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the Kings/Oilers rivalry and I’m excited realignment has the ability to bring this rivalry back.  For years now the most exciting reason to attend an Edmonton game in LA is the cheap floor tickets.

It’s time Edmonton takes the next step and makes the playoffs, so we can get this rivalry back to where it was in the 80’s.  Where do you say the Oilers will land this season?

And make sure to grab some King vs. Oilers tickets for this season’s matchups in Los Angeles!

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