Season Preview: The Oilers spent the off-season assembling a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup. They already had two of the top players in the game, Conor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and hope to get big years out of Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Mikko Koskinen should be fine in goal, but there are still holes on defense.
Season Recap: The Oilers made the playoffs with 37 wins but lost in the opening round to the Black Hawks. Leon Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, with 43 goals and a league-best 67 assists. Conor McDavid had another great year, with 97 points in 63 games.
March 2, 2020: Leon Draisaitl scored four goals against the Predators to give him 43 for the year. When the NHL season ended two weeks later, he became the third Oilers to lead the league in points (with 107), joining Wayne Gretzky and teammate Conor McDavid.
Season Preview: It may be another long season for Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Edmonton made a lot of moves during the off-season, but did not bring back any true impact players. They hope to see Leon Draiaitl get better and better, and hope for major improvements from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse, who showed flashes of brilliance last year. The team may even promote teenage defensemen Evan Bouchard and Philip Broberg from the minors if they even look close to being ready.
Season Recap: Leon Draisaitl finished the season second in the NHL with 50 goals—twice the number he scored the previous season—and Connor McDavid added 41, but the Oilers just missed the playoffs. The team played well on the road but lost several close games at home. Edmonton fans are looking forward to help from prospects Evan Bouchard and Kailer Yamamoto next season.
January 25, 2019: Conor McDavid won the Fastest Skater competition at the NHL All-Star Game.
January 2, 2019: Forward Elias Petterson scored his first hat trick, was named to the All-Star Game, and was honored as NHL Rookie of the Month for December—all on the same day!
December 22, 2018: Connor McDavid became just the sixth player in history to record his 200th assist before turning 22 years old.
Season Preview: After a disappointing 2017–18 season, the Oilers are hoping to rebound behind superstar Connor McDavid, who is everyone’s pick to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies this year. Edmonton will need a big improvement on defense, good performances out of goalies Cam Talbot and Mikko Koskinen, and better luck on the power platy in order to get back on the winning track.
Season Recap: Despite a 41-goal season from Connor McDavid, the Oilers played so-so hockey most of the year and fell 10 points short of a return trip to the playoffs. That was a disappointment to fans who thought they might actually compete for the Stanley Cup. To do so would have taken good years from talented but unproven, and that didn’t happen. When McDavid and his linemates were off the ice, Colorado was one of the poorest teams in the NHL.
January 27, 2018: Conor McDavid won the Fastest Skater contest before the NHL All-Star Game, for the second year in a row.
Season Preview: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That old saying seems to be the plan for the Oilers in 2017–18. At age 20, Connor MacDavid is the best all-around player in the NHL, the team’s defense is young and talented, and goalie Cam Talbot is as tough as they come. No one would be surprised to see Edmonton in the Stanley Cup Finals next spring.
Season Recap: The Oilers improved by 7 wins but still fell short of the playoffs. Taylor Hall bounced back from his injury the previous season to lead the club with 65 points, while centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl played excellent hockey in their first full NHL seasons. Goalie Cam Talbot could not make the magic he did with the Rangers the year before, and led the league with 27 losses..
Season Preview: Is this the year Edmonton’s high draft picks will show their true colors? If so, then young superstar Connor McDavid and new goalie Cam Talbot won’t have to carry the entire load. An improved defense could also be a key to the Oilers returning to the playoffs.
Season Preview: After high hopes and a big disappointment in 2014–15, the Oilers are looking to earn some respect this year. That will take big performances from Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, and Leon Draisaitl—all of whom are in the early 20s. This collection of raw talent is rare in the NHL, but without veteran leaders and a solid defense, it may not translate into victories. Coach Dallas Eakins will have his work cut out for him.
October 17, 2013: Taylor Hall scored two goals in a span of 8 seconds against the New York Islanders. Hall broke Wayne Gretzky’s team record of two goals in 9 seconds, set against the St. Louis Blues in 1981.
Season Preview: The “youth movement” continues in Edmonton, as the Oilers hope to improve on a poor finish to the 2012–13 season. Inexperience hurt the team down the home stretch, but now those young players know what it takes to win at crunch time. Jordan Eberle and Sam Gager lead a young squad that includes up-and-coming stars like Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.