Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Taking Control

By Colin Likas
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 21, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (81) tries to check Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (81) tries to check Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 10: Edmonton Oilers

Previous: 12th

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.

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