It seems like the Edmonton Oilers have been in rebuilding mode forever. The Oiler have not finished above .500 since the 2008-2009 season and have had six coaches in the last seven seasons. The Oilers have accumulated top offensive talent through the top of the draft. Here’s a review of the last five offensive players taken at the top of the draft.
2010 #1 Overall Pick: Left Winger Taylor Hall
In three of his six seasons with the Oilers, Hall led the team in points scored. Hall was named to his first All-Star game in 2016 but was later traded in the following offseason to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson.
2011 #1 Overall Pick: Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Nugent-Hopkins had an impressive rookie season as he recorded 52 points and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy (NHL’s Rookie of the Year). Nugent-Hopkins has proved he is productive when he is healthy, scoring 56 points in back-to-back healthy seasons in 2014 and 2015.
2012 #1 Overall Pick: Right Winger Nail Yakupov
Yakupov hasn’t lived up to expectations in his four year in the NHL. The right winger has never scored over 20 goals or 35 points in a season. In 60 games last season, he only scored 8 goals and 15 assists. His production as not come close to validating his number one overall pick selection.
2014 #3 Overall Pick: Centre Leon Draisaitl
In his first healthy season with the team last season, the German center recorded 51 points on 19 goals and 32 assists. Draisaitl has passed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the second centre on the depth chart behind Connor McDavid.
2015 #1 Overall Pick: Centre Connor McDavid
Before breaking his collarbone in early November, the 18-year was named Rookie of the Month in October by scoring 12 points on five goals and seven assists. When McDavid came back, he won the award twice again in February and March. McDavid will definitely help the franchise move Oilers tickets, since despite only playing in 45 games, McDavid was fourth on the Oilers with 16 goals and tied for second with 32 assists on the season.