The Edmonton Oilers are a NHL team that was founded in 1972 as the Alberta Oilers. They
were moved to Edmonton in 1973 and joined the NHL in 1979. The team competes in the
Western Conference of the league and is in the northwest division. Over the course of their
history, the team has been extremely successful. Edmonton Oilers tickets holders have seen
their team claim nine division titles, two Presidents' trophies, seven conference
championships, and five Stanley Cup titles. The most recent Stanley Cup success came in
1989-90. Their most recent Conference success was in 2005-2006. The Edmonton Oilers
tickets holders will be hoping that past successes can be repeated in the coming seasons.
There have been some terrifically talented players that Edmonton Oilers tickets holders have
had the pleasure of seeing in their team's jersey. The likes of Al Hamilton, Paul Coffey, Glenn
Anderson, Mark Messier, and Grant Fuhr were all legends of their era and played a huge role
in the history of the Edmonton Oilers.
The past five seasons have been very difficult for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton
Oilers tickets holders. They have not made the playoffs for a while and actually endured
losing seasons in 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12. There will have to be major changes if the
team is to reclaim its rightful place at the top table of the NHL. This might be possible with
the draft, as Edmonton Oilers tickets buyers will get to see No.1 draft pick Nail Yakupov in
the coming season. Defensive prospect Justin Schultz will also be with the Oilers in 2012-
12-9-13: The Oilers have dramatically improved since the beginning of the year, but they dug themselves too deep of as hole to have any real shot of the playoffs. Edmonton went 1-1-1 last week with the highlight being their 8-2 win over Colorado. They followed up their win over the Avalanche with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Oilers finished the week losing to Calgary in overtime. Mark Arcobello leads all Oilers forwards with 50 hits this season.
12-2-13: The Oilers still have a long way to go from being a contender in the West, but they played fairly well this past week having three out of four games on the road. They went 2-2 this week overall and are slowly turning things around. llya Bryzgalov made his first start with the Oilers on Monday and ended up playing in four games over the entire week. Bryzgalov won one game by shutout and kept Edmonton in a game against Dallas. He left that game Sunday versus the Stars after a collision with Ryan Garbutt but has a .939 save percentage in four contests with Edmonton.
11-25-13: The Oilers are still the worst team record wise in the Western Conference, but had a good week going 2-0 overall. Albeit it, their wins came against both Florida and Columbus but two wins is two wins. Jordan Eberle leads Edmonton in points with 20 in 24 games. One player who has struggled mightily is forward Nail Yakupov. He has only nine points in 22 games and has been the subject of trade rumors recently.
11-18-13: The Oilers continue to be one of the league’s worst teams. They did manage to end the week on a positive note beating their Alberta rivals in Calgary 4-2. That win snapped Edmonton’s five-game losing streak. The real question in Edmonton revolves around their goaltending. They did bring in Ilya Bryzgalov to take some pressure off of Devan Dubnyk but he’s not the answer long term in net. The Oilers need to consider trading for their goaltender of the future.
11-12-13: The Oilers started off the week well by beating the dismal Panthers and giving Tampa a run for their money. Unfortunately, they got thoroughly outplayed by both the Flyers and Blackhawks to end the week. Trade rumors have been swirling in Edmonton for some time now and finally GM Craig MacTavish made a move shipping veteran defenseman Ladislav Smid to their rivals in Calgary for two fringe prospects. This was only the second time in Oilers and Flames history that they two franchises made trades with each other.
The Oilers maybe the only other NHL team that can rival the Sabres in terms of futility. They failed to score a goal in both games played this week. They were shutout 4-0 by Toronto and dismantled 5-0 by Detroit. The Oilers are 1-5-2 when scoring the first goal this season. I know they are ravaged with injuries including star forward Taylor Hall, but that’s no excuse for how bad the Oilers have played all year.
10-29-13: The Oilers currently sit dead last in the Western Conference and their 1-2-1 week is not good enough for a team that has dug an early season hole. Goalie Richard Bachman was recalled from AHL Oklahoma City on Sunday because of Devan Dubnyk’s injury. Bachman made 47 stops in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers got outshot 48-18 in the game. Something needs to happen for the Oilers to wake up. This team is too talented to be in the cellar of the West.
10-21-13: If the Oilers want to avoid another appearance in the NHL draft lottery then they better start praying Taylor Hall’s knee injury is not as serious as it looks. Edmonton got a much needed road victory last Saturday against Ottawa. Goalie Devan Dubnyk looked solid in the game. Is this game where he turns it around for the Oilers? History suggests it’s probably just a flash in the pan. There have been better days in Edmonton.
10-14-13: If you get out scored, you will lose. The Oilers have given up 25 goals through five games and have only scored 17. The “sexy” pick to make the playoffs out the west this season, Edmonton has struggled early on. Five games in, the young Oilers are still learning Dallas Eakins’ new defensive system of swarming to the puck. Veterans Boyd Gordon and David Perron have been welcome additions to Edmonton. Second-year forward Nail Yakupov has been struggling mightily.
10-7-13: It’s been a disappointing start to the 2013-14 season for the Edmonton Oilers. They have allowed 11 goals in two games and have not looked good at all. They do have major injuries to star players Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner but that’s no excuse, in what’s suppose to be crucial year for the Oilers.
9-4-13: The Edmonton Oilers perennially improve in their winning ways. A young core consisting of Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov have known what it’s like to lose and are now tuned in to what it is and takes to win- and that’s a scary thought for teams in the West. The addition of Andrew Ferrence and Denis Grebeshkov on defense is oil to the machine that will be a contending team. The question lies in goaltending, with Devin Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman, taking the plunge in a hockey nation, eager to return to glory.
The tight Pacific Division will test the continued growth of the Oiler team. Teams like the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes will not be welcoming to their neighbors of the north, and instead, look to relentlessly punish the Oilers like a freshman with the talent trying to make varsity.
Oilers 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #7: Darnell Nurse, D
Pick #56: Marc-Oliver Roy, C
Pick #83: Bogdan Yakimov, C
Pick #88: Anton Slepyshev, LW
Pick #94: Jackson Houck, RW
Pick #96: Kyle Platzer, C
Pick #113: Aidan Muir, LW, RW
Pick #128: Evan Campbell, LW
Pick #158: Ben Betker, D
Pick #188: Gregory Chase, C, RW