NHL Futures: Edmonton Oilers Season Totals Might Not Be So Impressive

Dana Lane

Monday, October 17, 2016 9:27 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 9:27 PM UTC

The season point total is at 87.5 for Edmonton, find out why bettors are putting too much further into Connor McDavid when betting futures on the Edmonton Oilers.


Last Season: 31-43-8 70pts
Standings: Pacific Division: 7th / League: 29th (Missed playoffs by 17 points)
Team Notes: The pick up of Adam Larsson and Milan Lucic will prove Chiarelli's genius
2016-17 Stanley Cup Odds: +4000 at Bookmaker
Key Statistic: Oilers earned points in only 42.7% of their games last season (29th)


My first thought on the Edmonton Oilers is that we are once again previewing a team that can't find their way out of the basement in the Pacific Division but with the anticipation of a full year from Connor McDavid along with the Adam Larsson acquisition from New Jersey, bringing them much needed help on defense, the Oilers will contend for a playoff spot.

However, understand you are paying a premium for the right to back a team lead by McDavid.  Bookmakers know that you'll bet the 'over' 87.5 across their boards because most are blinded by his talents and want to root for him therefore blindly backing the Oilers to increase their point total by 18 points. I'm a show me guy so I'll stay with the Oilers to go 'under' the total while sneaking into the playoffs.

It wasn't a secret that Edmonton needed blue-line help so GM Peter Chiarelli picked up Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Taylor Hall.  At the time the Oiler faithful exploded into a frenzy of disbelief but, with a ring to his credit and another appearance with Boston, I'm giving Chiarelli top marks here.  The Oilers gave up 2.95 goals per game (4th) last season so they bring in Larsson at 6-3, 205 who is one of the best defensemen in the league. No doubt, Edmonton is giving up some scoring but fans will soon realize that Larsson was exactly what this team needed.


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As a result of that trade, Chiarelli then signed free agent Milan Lucic who played for Chiarelli in Boston.  Lucic is a guy who gives you instant grit and toughness on the ice who can who also can be counted on offensively. Milan will be a forward on the first line with McDavid giving him a reliable offensive partner as well as a guy who will police McDavid's well-being.

With all those positives it still will be another year of moving parts in hopes that they will finally all move in the right direction.  The hopes  in Edmonton remain high as they christen the brand new Rexall Place but the reality is their goaltending is still below average and even with Larsson their defensive depth is still a question. Until I see the plan in motion I'm still riding the Oilers to go 'Under' 87.5 season points as my NHL pick.


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