Epic Tank Battle


9 years ago the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes were battling for the Stanley Cup.

Almost a decade later, they are jostling for position to draft one of what are being tagged as “generational talents”.

To be honest, in somewhat limited viewing at the WJ championships, I’m not sure that’s true but, for the sake of argument, let’s says it is.

With 3 straight wins, the Arizona Coyotes have likely played themselves out of the sweepstakes as have the Buffalo Sabres who just won’t lie down and die.

The Hurricanes (24 points) and the Oilers (21 points) are the only two teams in the league with fewer than 30 points and, at this point in the season, it’s almost impossible to make up that kind of ground.

The Oilers next 10 games:

vs. Kings – Loss

@ Flames – Loss

@ Avalanche – Win?

vs. Islanders – Loss

vs. Red Wings – Loss

vs. Chicago – Loss

vs. Panthers – maybe a point

@ Blues – Loss

@ Lightning – Loss

@ Panthers – Loss

So, it’s very likely the Oilers will get 3 points in their next 10 games…giving them 24 on the season which is the same as the Hurricanes have now.

I would imagine the Hurricanes will pick up a few points in their next 10 so I think it’s pretty reasonable to bet the Oilers will be close to 10 points back at that point and that’s all she wrote.

So, unless Colorado, Buffalo or Arizona drop off a cliff, it;s highly likely the Oilers and Hurricanes finish 29th and 30th.

The question then is, will the NHL reward either of these 2 dysfunctional] franchises with the 1st overall pick?







5 thoughts on “Epic Tank Battle

  1. You’re not going out on a limb and telling everyone the Oilers are better then there record and will win 7/14 in Dec………………Hahaha.

    For the record, I like Eichel’s game and speed.

    I see a possible win vs the NYI or Det, Oilers set up good against Eastern Teams, after that, like you said this month should bury the Oilers good.

    I don’t care what people say about the Roy / Arco trade, its flat out insane the Oilers didnt pick Roy up on waivers..

    I realize that number’s count but when you are in last place you move Arco over to RW and put Pinizotto , Gazdic or Pitlick in the minors.

    Does it really matter if the team goes to 48 contracts? Your in last place and you cant score…….

    Do you really care if Roy fetches a 5th or 6th round pick at the deadline!


  2. So far SO win, OTL, OTL.

    I’d say they didn’t deserve the LA win, but did deserve the 1pt vs Cgy and 1 vs Col, especially the 3rd period there. Nelson seems to be making a bit of a difference (small, but they’re at least a bit more competitive even if they still don’t know how to put pucks in the net–team is slow, can’t finish, and is small. How the heck did they rebuild into a team like that?!)

    My thoughts are that Carolina will finish last. Edmonton will finish 29th, or better yet catch Buffalo for 28th and wind up outside the McEichel sweepstakes, lose their 3rd slot in the draft lottery and miss out on Hanifin. And they take Strome (who I think is good, actually), but find out like Gagner with Kane he was riding McDavid’s coattails and the franchise suffers another setback. I mean, I hope not, but that would be par for the course.


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