Okay, so this isn't as interesting as the title may suggest, but I'm just wondering what is wrong with that organization? As a very young kids in the early to mid-80s, they were my favourite team. From Eastern Canada, there was no local team, tons of Leafs, Canadiens and Bruins fans, but as a young boy, just getting into hockey, they were the best.
Anyway, they have fallen far from grace over the past 20 years. That much isn't that surprising, what is surprising is the lack of getting any better after drafting all the 1st overall players they have in the past little while. Chicago and Pittsburgh got a lot of high end picks and you see where they have been able to go (both winning cups). Winning a Cup isn't what I'm looking at though, Pittsburgh and Chicago have had good teams every single year (maybe except for 1 for Chicago). What's the deal Edmonton? You can't expect a turnaround in 1 year after drafting well, but their top draft picks have been in the league for a while now.
So what is it?
- What Chicago and Pittsburgh have done isn't as easy as simply sucking for a while? or
- Something is just not right with Edmonton
My guess is a combination of the two. One common missconception though is that the Oilers are simply a high skilled offensive team....but they are actually one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Only NJ and BUF have scored fewer goals.