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?