27. Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have been another one of the major disappointments in the league this season. When your roster has the most talented player in the league, missing the playoffs is unacceptable. But that is exactly what is going to happen. Connor McDavid has had another electrifying season, but it is being wasted on a terrible surrounding roster. General manager Peter Chiarelli made a sequence of questionable trades that left the Oilers short on offensive talent. The Oilers will spend the offseason shopping for forwards and possibly a new GM and coach.
The Oilers were able to put together a great stretch of games this week. They were able to beat the Arizona Coyotes, New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild. Edmonton showed flashes of the team that made it to the playoffs last season. The Oilers will need to bring their top game next week as they face off with their top rival, the Calgary Flames, in the next edition of the “Battle of Alberta”. They will also have to play the San Jose Sharks and the surging Florida Panthers. None of their games this week will be easy as all their opponents are pushing for the playoffs. McDavid is starting to earn Hart Trophy buzz and will need to finish the season strong to win the award again.