Throughout this NHL season, I’ll be taking a closer look at how the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars compare in on ice performance and in season personnel moves.

The reason for this is that the teams have some very striking similarities in both their recent history and that both teams hired a new GM to take over in the summer of 2013.

Jim Nill was hired in April of that year while Craig McTavish took the reins of the Oilers a couple of weeks earlier.

MacTavish swaggered onto the scene promising “bold moves” and preaching how impatient he was to turn things around in Edmonton.

As it turned out, while McTavish was blustering, Nill quietly went about his business making a series of moves that got his team into the playoffs in his first season.

There are, of course other parallels between the two teams.

Both are owned by Vancouver based billionaires and both were coming off a prior season near the basement of the WC. (Dallas had 48 points, Edmonton 45 points in the lockout shortened season).

Both Dallas and Edmonton also added new head coaches that summer with Dallas opting for Lindy Ruff and Edmonton opting for Dallas.

Now, normally, I like to take a look at things after 10 game segments but Lowetide has a post up this morning that trumpets the offensive output of the Oiler forwards. LT has a penchant at looking at what the Oilers are doing while not providing any context about how the Oilers” performance stacks up against the rest of the league so, in the spirit of this ongoing series, I thought a little sobriety might be in order.

Oilers 5V5 Scoring

Jordan Eberle 1.85

Taylor Hall 1.64

Benoit Pouliot 1.64

Nail Yakupov 1.60

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.51

Teddy Purcell 1.37

David Perron 1.36

Matt Hendricks 0.81

Leon Draisaitl 0.80

Boyd Gordon 0.76

Mark Arcobello 0.63

 Stars 5V5 Scoring

Jamie Benn 5.77

Tyler Seguin 4.68

Antoine Roussel 3.21

Ryan Garbutt 3.16

Jason Spezza 3.03

Cody Eakin 2.37

Erik Cole 2.32

Shawn Horcoff 2.30

Patrick Eaves 1.67

Colton Sceviour 1.11

Vernon Fiddler 0.99

Ales Hemsky 0.00 (no wonder he’s now on the 3rd line)

What we see here is a Dallas team that is so deep that the Oilers leading scorer by this metric would rank 9th on the Stars.

We also see that former Oiler Shawn Horcoff is actually scoring at a higher rate than the Oilers’ leading even strength scorer Jordan Eberle.

This won’t end well.


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