Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Playoff Threats In Western Conference

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 23, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle (14) celebrates with center Connor McDavid (97) and left wing Milan Lucic (27) after scoring a goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle (14) celebrates with center Connor McDavid (97) and left wing Milan Lucic (27) after scoring a goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 7: Edmonton Oilers

It’s truly amazing that in just his second NHL season, Connor McDavid leads the league in scoring. He is probably the most electrifying young player in the NHL right now and will continue to be over the next decade.

At just 20 years old, he speaks and acts like a true captain by setting high expectations for himself and his teammates, focusing primarily on winning.

When the Oilers shipped out sniper Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson, a lot of people questioned the move. But since then, Larsson has been productive in adding 17 points with a plus-18 rating while the Oilers are now a playoff team.

The reason they are ranked last among the current playoff teams is that they are just too young to compete. Maybe a handful of players on their roster have playoff experience, but it will be a great opportunity for their group to see what playoff hockey is like.

Having to go through heavy teams like the Ducks and Sharks, it will be a grind for the Oilers to establish themselves as a true competitor. But they’re definitely on the right track.

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