#4. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers are 14-5-3 in their last 22 games, and they seem to have turned it around.
The team stats and the overall roster of the Edmonton Oilers aren’t that good.
The General Manager, Ken Holland, might be the absolute worst in the NHL, and has completely blown every opportunity to build a team around Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
From the horrible Duncan Keith contract, to the horrible Darnell Nurse contract, to the bad trades and the inability to get even a moderately OK goalie, the Oilers have screwed up at every turn.
But be that as it may, they have two of the best players in the world on their roster, and the NHL is a star driven league.
You could put Connor McDavid on the Coyotes with their current roster and they instantly become a playoff team. Add Draisaitl too and they’d be a cup contender.
Which the Oilers clearly are.
The breakouts of Puljujarvi and Bouchard are helping greatly, and so is the addition of Evander Kane, but it’s really the fact that they have the two best players in almost all games they play that puts them over the top.
Eventually you have to just assume they’ll get enough breaks that the two superstars can propell them to success. I sure wouldn’t bet against them unless it’s the Cup Final and they’re playing the Toronto Maple Leafs, which, by the way, is my prediction for what happens in the playoffs.