For the second consecutive season, the Edmonton Oilers will be watching the postseason from home. For the first time since the 1989-1990 Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton had two players on their team that had at least 100 or more points and failed to reach the postseason.
To no surprise, those players were Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were the two players that reached at least 100 or more points. McDavid has missed the playoffs in the first three-out-of-four years in his career and none of it is his fault.
He is putting up great numbers every year with a terrible roster. Former general manager Peter Chiarelli put him in this position in the first place because of how bad he managed the roster. Chiarelli was fired during the middle of the season because of it.
Todd McLellan was also fired as head coach during the middle of the season. Ken Hitchock took over as the head coach, but he didn’t make much of a difference.
The Edmonton Oilers need to hire a general manager who knows what they are doing and they need to find a way to fix this team overnight. Edmonton has drafted poorly and they have made terrible free agent signings.
The only other player that shouldn’t be traded this offseason is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Every body else is fair game to be traded away.
On paper, this team might have the worst roster in the league even though this team has two legit super stars. That is saying a lot.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl deserve better. If Edmonton doesn’t get them the help they need down the road, those talents will go to waste and everyone will wonder why they both were able never to win a Stanley Cup together.
McDavid was clearly upset when they found out they weren’t going to be able to make it to the postseason again this season. He knows it is up to the front office in Edmonton to get everything right and he is 100 percent correct about that.