The Edmonton Oilers currently sit in third in the race for the bottom, with 11 games remaining. Their play of late should have Oilers Tank fans concerned, as they are playing competitive hockey, and look to be a trending upward. The top line of Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Pouliot has been extremely productive since losing Taylor Hall.The young pairing of Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins looks to be a dangerous combo.
The “Nuge” has 19 points (8 goals,11 assists) in his last 17 games, and needs 7 points in his final 11 games to set a career high for points. His 20 goals this year are already a career high, and if he can produce 8 more assists, he will beat his career high in assists of 37.
At Left wing, Jordan Eberle has a ridiculous 6 game streak of 12 points (4 goals,8 assists). During The Nuge’s current 17 game stretch, Eberle has an even better 21 points (4 goals,17 assists) to salvage a mediocre season from the 4 year pro. Eberle is having a down year in comparison to 11′-12 and ’13-14 but still are respectable considering the team he plays for.
Even more concerning for the Tank crowd, is the fact that Taylor Hall is ready to return. He will be brought along slowly, starting on the third line, but his explosive play is not a good formula for the tank.
During that 17 game stretch, Edmonton as a team is 4-9-4, which definitely hasn’t helped their tank efforts. The Oilers offense is leaps and bounds more talented than the Sabres and Coyotes combined, which should not equal more than 5 losses in their remaining 11. The Oilers will not finish in the bottom 2, and might even pass Toronto for 27th place.
Edmonton’s roster for next year should be a young one, as you can definitely add in top prospect Darnell Nurse, and ’14 1st rounder Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton needs another top defensemen, and if Noah Hanifin from Boston College is still sitting there when Edmonton picks, the American defensemen would be a solid addition to the lackluster blueline for the Oilers.
The Oilers hopes of landing McEichel are slowly slipping away, and they will distance themselves from the 2 horse race, that will be Buffalo and Arizona.