Edmonton Oilers Season Preview History
EDMONTON OILERS 2011-12 SEASON PREVIEW:
Oiler fans are happy that they can put last season behind them, as the ignominy of being the worst team in the NHL is now up for grabs again. And by the looks of their roster, they can look toward a future where they won’t have to battle for that title again.
That’s because their team has what many consider the best young roster in the NFL. Last year, the rookie trio of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi combined to score 112 points! They will build on that with team captain Shawn Horcoff and super-scoring (but oft-injured) winger Ales Hemsky supplying the leadership and discipline to the young’uns.
The real test for the burgeoning Oiler team will be at defense, which really needs a full season from Ryan Whitney to be on the come-up. His ankle seems to be fully healed, and his ability to make plays from the blue line (and score points) will really steer the ship for the young Oilers. Also, look for a battle for netminder between Devan Dubynk and Nikolai Khabibulinto play out through the entire year.
Edmonton Oilers 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Edmonton Oilers are coming off one of their franchise's worst seasons - they finished last in the Western Conference by a dreadful 17 points and missed out on the playoffs for the fourth consecutive time. Unfortunately for Oilers fans, this season may not be much different, as an offseason left them bereft of the small amount of veteran experience they may have had.
The offense will be led by Taylor Hall, who has potential to be among the best goal scorers in the league. Left wing Dustin Penner may be able to provide a scoring threat as well, but other than Hall and Penner, the team has little proven talent. A pair of rookies, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi, may be able to make an immediate impact, but how they adjust to the professional game may be hard to gauge.
The defense was especially porous last season, and the front offense looked to plug some of the gaping holes. The back line will certainly be looking to veteran defenseman Jim Vandermeer to add some much needed leadership to this Edmonton squad. Another question mark in the Oilers' game is who will be between the pipes. The job may go to Nikolai Khabibulin, but he has yet to show that he can be an elite goaltender.
Edmonton Oilers 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
Edmonton Oilers enter the 2009-2010 NHL season with hope for their team. The Oilers finished a few spots out of the playoffs last season, which prompted Edmonton to replace their long-time Head Coach (Craig MacTavish) in the offseason. New Oilers head man, Pat Quinn, will have the job of getting this storied franchise back into the playoffs.