Why Patience Shoud be Wearing Thin in Edmonton
In the mid and late 1980's, the Oilers were the class of the NHL. The team won Stanley Cups in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, and 1989-90 and were a powerhouse Cup contender year in and year out.
If you're counting at home, that's five Cups in seven seasons and during those seasons, the team was made up of an embarrassment of riches. The franchise had the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, and Glenn Anderson, who are all now Hockey Hall of Famers.
When that Oilers club was first put together, the team definitely struggled a bit to become a good hockey club. With that said, team general manager and head coach Glen Sather was patient and as a reward, saw his hockey club win it all five times.
Fast forward to now and this current Oilers' hockey club, like the one in the mid and late 1980's, is made up of a lot of young talent. With players like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, and David Perron, one would think that the team would be in the right position to make the postseason.
Unfortunately for the Oilers and their fans, that has not been the case since the 2005-06 season when they came within one win of winning a Cup over the Carolina Hurricanes. It has been a long rebuilding process for this franchise and is one that should have the team thinking what it needs to do next to get back on the right track.
Since former team general manager Steve Tambellini began the rebuild in Edmonton, the team has shown no real progress. The club struggles to win games and continues to find themselves at or near the bottom of the league in overall points.
This team has also shown that they continue to make simple mistakes that end up costing them hockey games. The Oilers continue to lose games on turnovers, bad passes, untimely penalties and other simple hockey mistakes and for a team that has been rebuilding for the last several years, this is something that they should not be doing right now.
Over the last few years, this Oilers' hockey club has had trouble keeping the puck out of their net. As of this writing, the team is last in the league in goals against, which shows that their highly-touted youngsters have not learned to play consistently on the other side of the puck yet, something that they should definitely be doing by now.
Lastly, the Oilers have lacked compete in several games this season. There have been games where they have been blown out of the water and instead of fighting back, have instead quit and coasted through the rest of the game.
With the franchise not having made the playoffs in what is going to be eight straight seasons and a current Oilers' hockey club that has not made much progress over the last few years, Oilers fans are starting to get impatient and clearly expressing that to both the players and management.
At this point, can you blame them?