Through 25 games in the 2013 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are currently sitting with a 9-11-5 record for a total of 23 points. These 23 points put the Oilers in 4th place in the Northwest division and 14th place in the Western Conference. While it appears that the Edmonton Oilers are going to miss out on the playoffs this season, there is no reason for fans of the team to panic.
The Edmonton Oilers have one of the youngest teams in the NHL, so their struggles this season are not that surprising. Nearly
The Edmonton Oilers have had a rough go of it lately. After finishing 30th in the NHL in 2010-2011 with a 25-45-12 record and 29th in the NHL in 2011-2012 with a 32-40-10 record, the Oilers decided it was time for a change at head coach.
The Oilers decided not to renew the contract of head coach Tom Renney, who hasn’t been able to right the ship in Edmonton after a pair of disappointing seasons.
Edmonton will now turn to Ralph Krueger to get the struggling franchise out of the cellar of the National Hockey League. Before spending the last two seasons as an assistant to Renney, Krueger served as the head coach of the Swiss national team for more than a decade.
General manager Steve Tambellini cited Krueger’s transformation of the Swiss national team as well as his improvement of the Oilers’ power play as reasons for his promotion to head coach.
The first step in returning the Oilers to relevancy will be developing forward Nail Yakupov, who the team selected with the first-overall pick in the 2012 draft. Yakupov tallied 31 goals and 69 points in 42 regular-season games with the Sarnia Stings of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011. The Oilers have had the top pick in the last three drafts, selecting forwards Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent the previous two years.
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The Edmonton Oilers have had some rough seasons the past few years, but have made some changes to improve the overall quality of the team. The beginning of these changes can be seen with Tom Renney taking over as the head coach in place of Pat Quinn. Following this, there has been a push to revitalize the team by bringing in new players.
During the 2010 season the Oilers added Taylor Hall to their roster as the first pick in the entry draft.
The Edmonton Oilers Ontario-born center one Sam Gagner is no doubt likely to start the season on the bench as an injured reserve after the MRI revealed the worst that he had sustained a high-ankle sprain in his left foot. Gagner had tried to play down the injury by referring to the sprain as “low-grade” but the head coach one Tom Renney is not putting anything to chance saying that if Gagner would be rushed back to play before the medical staff give a satisfactory report.
The Edmonton Oilers first league game will however be against the Pittsburgh
The professional hockey team known as the Edmonton Oilers was originally founded in 1971 in Alberta, Canada and played in the World Hockey Association beginning in 1972. During the 1978-1979 season, the Edmonton Oilers won the World Hockey Association Championship. The following season, the Edmonton Oilers were one of four teams from the World Hockey Association to join the National Hockey League. It didn’t take long after joining the NHL for the team to achieve great success; the Oilers won the Stanley Cup five times between 1984 and 1990. One of hockey’s most recognized players, Wayne
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada, The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team. The NHL (National Hockey League) places them in the Northwest Division in the Western Conference. Founded in 1971, The Oilers, as they are mostly called, was one of twelve founding franchises of the WHA (World Hockey Association). Originally called The Alberta Oilers they took on their present name of the Edmonton Oilers in 1972. It was when the NHL merged with the WHA, the Edmonton Oilers were given NHL membership in 1979.