Call it a long time coming or a flash in the pan, but the Edmonton Oilers are in unfamiliar territory in this week’s edition of the TSN Power Rankings.
Ok, so don’t wait for the confetti and streamers to fall in anticipation of a celebration for this achievement. This hockey club remains at the base of the mountain with the peak so far out of sight that it could lead into next year before they’re half way up their climb to a successful hockey club.
But as Scott Cullen points out, the Oilers are 6-3-1 in their last ten and are “showing signs of life” of late. David Perron has emerged into the type of player the Oilers and their passionate fans were hoping he’d be when the club parted ways with Magnus Paajarvi this summer.
Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are at the top of the points category, a place where they should be and some solid goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov prior to his injury has given Oil Country something to cheer about lately.
Now for the not so positive news. The Oilers remain the lowest ranked team in the Western Conference and when you consider that the eighth place Colorado Avalanche have enough points to be in fourth place in the East, it’s not surprising.
The Devils, Flyers, Islanders, Panthers and Sabres relish as the bottom five with the Flames just ahead of the Oilers. A victory over the provincial rivals on Saturday may have been enough to catapult Edmonton past Calgary but for the time being, one spot behind the Flames is where the Oilers will have to sit and wait patiently.
So on a season that has provided little optimism from a fans’ perspective, it’s less than stimulating to think that a move up the Power Rankings is an achievement. Then again, finding anything to cheer about is considered a moral victory as an Oilers fan right? Agree or disagree, leave your comments below. As always, thanks for reading.