Friday, February 20, 2009

Back to the Oilers future


Let's hop in the Delorian and set the flux capacitier to 2006, the same year as that memorable playoff run.

Odds are you won’t find many differences between the Edmonton Oilers back then and the current team now.

Around this time in 2006, the Oilers lost four straight, including a lowly 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, a team that had no shot of playoff contention.

The loss exposed the Oilers, a team that was weak in net with the likes Mike Morrison, Jussi Markkanen and Ty Conklin. They also lacked a scorer to play with Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth.

After dropping down the Western Conference standings, then GM Kevin Lowe made some deals, trading for goaltender Dwayne Roloson and Sergei Samsonov.

The deals helped the Oil clinch the last playoff spot and everyone knows what happened next.

The 2006 Edmonton Oilers were 30-20-8 around this time. This year’s team in 29-25-4 after last night’s loss to the Dallas Stars, it’s something pretty similar in my opinion.

In a few hours, log onto the Oil Patch to hear the top five trade possibilities for the Edmonton Oilers.

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