The Edmonton Oilers will try and prove to their fans that they let one get away earlier in the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs when they visited a packed Air Canada Centre earlier this month. The Oilers were leading 5-4 when Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul scored to tie the game with only 31 seconds left in regulation time. The Oilers will welcome the Maple Leafs to a rowdy Rexall Place on Tuesday night.
That would have been a massive win for the Oilers, a team that can really use all that they can get during yet another season that sees them underachieving, despite all of their young talent. How many top prospects do they need to get something going in the Western Conference? It just goes to show that something within the organization is falling apart and that someone needs to lose their job.
The Oilers organization can’t seem to realize the fact that just because someone was a great player, that doesn’t necessarily mean that their talents will translate over to the front office. Although Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe and general manager Craig Mactavish thrived on the ice during their careers as players, they seem to be struggling mightily in regards to putting together a winning team from behind the desk.
The Oilers have drafted a countless number of top draft picks over the past five years, and still can’t put a decent amount of wins on the board. All of their young guns haven’t been able to gel, and head coach Dallas Eakins has even resorted to benching the 2012 NHL Entry Draft’s top pick Nail Yakupov the last time the Oilers and Maple Leafs met.
If the Oilers can’t get a win against one of their Canadian rivals tonight, don’t be surprised if the boo birds come out to play from the stands, or better yet, someone may even be issued a first-class ticket out of oil country all together.