All That Has Transpired: The Edmonton Oilers

All That Has Transpired: The Edmonton Oilers

We’re going to take a look each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as-well-as up-and-comers.

Today we take a look at the Edmonton Oilers

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Edmonton Oilers
2010-11 Season: 25-45-12, 62 points
(Fifth place Northwest Division, Fifteenth place Western Conference)

Ryan Smyth
Eric Belanger
Ben Eager
Cam Barker
Andy Sutton

Dustin Penner (L.A. Kings)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim Ducks)
Kurtis Foster (Anaheim Ducks)
Jim Vandermeer (San Jose Sharks)
Colin Fraser (L.A. Kings)

Taylor Hall
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

First overall pick in 2011, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, could prove to be just what the Oilers need. (Courtesy Edmonton Oilers.)

In a time not so long ago, the Oilers were a playoff team.  However, in the past five years, Edmonton has become the butt of many a joke and their last place finishes have been expected.

The Oilers have spent the last few off seasons building up their prospects.  The drafting of Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2010 and 2011 respectively have highlighted what will hopefully be a bright future for the Oilers.

The upcoming seasons should start to show the fruits of the front office’s labors.  Hall will have time to build upon his 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games.  Nugent-Hopkins will have a chance to prove to the coaches that he belongs on the roster.

The Oilers can look to veterans including Nikolai Khabibulin for stability. Khabibulin might have had a less than notable season, but the NHL veteran does have 300 NHL wins and a Stanley Cup to his name. (Courtesy NHL.)

Those two young guns in combination with what the Oilers already have in solid veterans and goaltenders could be what Edmonton fans have been waiting for.