2014 Edmonton Oilers Season Preview
Last season was a disaster for the Edmonton Oilers. Coming into the 2013 NHL Season there was a lot of hype around the Oilers and some even predicted that they would make the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2006. But Edmonton proceeded to lose 15 of their first 21 games, many in blowout fashion. For the 2014 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers will look to turn the slide back in the other direction and continue to improve their young talent. For the Oilers to succeed in 2014 they will need exceptional play from their goaltender Viktor Fasth, as the team simply couldn’t stop the puck a year ago. But much of the weight of the season’s aspirations will be put on the shoulders of Taylor Hall. Hall has quickly become one of the best wingers in the game and is the clear on the ice leader for the Edmonton Oilers. He will team Jordan Eberle, and David Perron to try and erase the mistakes of 2013.
2013 Edmonton Oilers Season Preview
The Oilers are still looking for that first playoff appearance since 2006, and their fans are starting to get a little impatient. Another disappointing performance in the 2012-13 Season has many doubting what the club can do, but they’re hoping the right formula has finally been found. With Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and David Perron, they have a strong nucleus of players that could find a way into the postseason. The Oilers have a tough road schedule in December, including trips to Vancouver, Anaheim and Los Angeles. In January, Edmonton will play host to the Blues, Penguins and Predators, among others.
2012 Edmonton Oilers 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.
2011 Edmonton Oilers Season 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.
2010 Edmonton Oilers Season 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.