The last time the Edmonton Oilers had a hint of the winning record was the 2008-09 season, when they were 41-35-6 and they have not been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a decade.
By all appearances, that is about to change for Edmonton. The Oilers after winning final game before the All-Star break at San Jose in impressive fashion 4-1, to end the Sharks longest winning streak of the season at six, moved into a first place tie with them in the Pacific Division.
After years of futility and drafting high year of year, the Edmonton front office finally figured it out and looks to have a solid foundation.
Connor McDavid at 20 years old is the leading candidate for the Hart Trophy. The Oilers have other stars in the making like Leon Draisaitl, who is all of 21 and coming into his own. Besides these young studs, the front office added winger players who were a little salty and like to work the corners and improved on the blueline, which has helped goalie Cam Talbot move into the Top 12 in save percentage (.922) and goals allowed (2.33).
You will want to watch the NHL odds closely on Edmonton in February as they two road trips of three and five games, though they are a solid 15-12 SU (17-7-5) away. The Oilers might be only 13-11 SU on home ice, but for NHL picks, March could be a very good month for them, starting with eight straight contests on home ice and they only leave Canada for two games.