ForsbergTheGreat Posted July 22, 2013 Share Posted July 22, 2013 I’ve been bored at work today and thought I’d write out some of my thoughts on the Oilers as I got in to a decent argument with a co-worker who is a diehard Oilers fan. Hey it’s the offseason and things in hockey are pretty slow. Sorry for any grammar or spelling, I didn’t really put too much effort in proofing. The Edmonton Oilers are a team that everyone likes to look and compare say this is how to rebuild. They have 3 first overall draft picks (Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov) and a large selection of top end talent like Eberle (22nd), Gagner (6th), Paajarvi-Svensson (10th). People constantly like to compare the Oilers to previous teams that have made a successful rebuild like the Pittsburgh Penguins who drafted Crosby (1st), Malkin (2nd), Fleury (1st), Staal (2nd) and the Chicago Blackhawks who drafted Kane (1st), Toews (3rd), Seabrook (14th). When you mention the Oilers name to hockey fans from around the league, you usually get two responses. One response is that there is no way they will be able to afford all these players and remain under the salary cap. Seeing Gagner just get signed to a 4.8 million dollar per year cap provides merit to these types of thought. The other type of response is that the Oilers just like the Hawks and Penguins will become a Stanley cup contending team for years to come. This response people usually would seem like it Let’s start off with the Penguins; they have the best 1-2 premier centres in the League led by Crosby and Malkin. Both of these talents are exception and both have some serious individual hardware to back this up. Crosby at the age of 25 has a Calder, Lester B Person, Hart, Art Ross, and a Maurice “Rocket” Richard, trophy. Malkin at the age of 26 has a Calder, Hart, Ted Lindsay, Conn Smythe and two Art Ross Trophies. Pretty impressive resume’s for both of those two men. The to put things really into perspective at the age of 20 Crosby (only his 3rd season in the NHL) captain’d the team to the Stanley Cup Finals only to lose out to the Detroit Red wings, Only 1 year later and for 3 straight season the penguins once again made the playoffs. This time they went on to win the cup, Crosby at the age of 21 and Malkin at 22. Now let’s look at the Chicago Blackhawks. This team as well has a strong 1, 2 punch down the middle with Kane and Toews. They don’t have as much individual award but what these two players know is winning. In only his 3rd season Toews captain’d the hawks to the Western Conference Finals. The just like Crosby in his fourth season came back to win the cup. Toews and Kane both were 22 when they one there first cup and now only 3 years later (at the age of 25) get to celebrate their 2nd Stanley cup. When you look at the Penguins and Hawks both teams had their high end draft picks make huge impacts within a short amount of time. Think about it Crosby, Malkin, Toews, and Kane all one their first cup at the age of 22 or younger. Now think about the age of the Oilers young talent, Eberle (23) Hall (21) Nugent-Hopkins (20), Yakupov (19). As it is obvious the Oiler may be a good team in the future, but you cannot compare them to the likes of the Hawks or Penguins. Oilers are yet to even qualify for the playoffs and can’t be considered cup contender. So my question is, how do you view one of our division rivals? Are they soon to be cup contenders year in and year out like the Hawks and Penguins? Or are they a team that will never reach that next level based on the players they chose? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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