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.