By Tyler Ruby on June 30, 2014
When are the Edmonton Oilers going to put it all together? Finishing toward the bottom of the league year after year has allowed them to draft and develop a ridiculous amount of offensive talent, but that may be the problem. If a team can't defend, the team can't expect to win. Nevertheless, here are five players who the Oilers need to continue to build around in 2014-15.
Justin Schultz is probably the Oilers' most promising defenseman. He was the team's best defenseman statistically last season with 33 points, but he had a plus/minus of -22. This number is skewed a bit due to the lack of defensive help and goaltending on the roster. Either way, it would appear that the OIlers have at least one quality defenseman, and now they need to get him some help.
In his first year with the Oilers, he was tied for the team lead in goals scored with 28. In his six previous seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Perron never had that sort of output. By putting him with other talented offensive players, he has the chance to flourish as a pure goal scorer.
Jordan Eberle is the elder statesman on this team, and he is only 24 years old. He has always been a talented offensive player as he scored 34 goals two seasons ago, but his success never seems to correlate with wins. If Edmonton wishes to hold on to Eberle, they need to get him some help, or he could quite possibly move to a team that will.
Coming into the 2012 NHL Draft, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was viewed as a can't-miss prospect, and he still is because he is only 20 years old. He is one of the most gifted offensive players on the Oilers. Last season, he scored 19 goals and added 37 more assists. The Edmonton offense will be in good hands with Nugent-Hopkins on the top line, but he needs help in order to maximize his potential.
Taylor Hall is Edmonton's best player. There is no doubt about it. On a dreadful team last season, Hall scored 80 points with 27 goals and 53 assists. The talent is there, but the organization has become a mess, and they are wasting some great seasons by some of their best players.
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