No. 10: Edmonton Oilers
Season record: 11-8-1
Yes, I’m ranking a division leader below a team that’s currently in an Eastern Conference wild card spot. This NHL season has been a little wonky so far.
The Oilers proved Monday against Chicago they have the skill and speed to go far. Of course, the game requires more than that to win, which is why Edmonton hasn’t been able to pull away from a weak division.
We all know the names around here, especially after Monday. Connor McDavid is the real deal, posting 24 points in 20 games. Leon Draisaitl and Jordan Eberle (14 apiece) are also powerful forces on offense. The defense is still finding itself, but Cam Talbot has been serviceable to good so far (.920/2.47).
Beware this team, maybe even later this season.