3 Edmonton Oilers Players That Fell Under Expectations This Year

Edmonton Oilers Celebrating A Goal Scored. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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This season so far seems to be a successful one as the Edmonton Oilers are currently sitting comfortably in a playoff spot. Team success is one thing, but there are also several players that are having individual success.

Connor McDavid getting over 100 points again and tracking down his first 50 goal season. Leon Draisaitl getting his second career 50 goal, 100 point season. Zach Hyman with career high in goals, Jesse Puljujarvi has a career high in points and on pace for the most goals of his career as well.

McDavid and Draisaitl are going to once again be in the conversation for the Hart Trophy. The reason why the Oilers stars may not win the Hart is because the Hart is given to the player that is the “most valuable” to their team. It is hard to say either of them is the most valuable because they have each other.

McDavid should win the Ted Lindsay as it is more aimed at who is the best player in the NHL. There is no doubt in my mind that Connor McDavid is the best player in the league. McDavid is leading the NHL in points by 6 over Jonathan Huberdeau. There isn’t much of an augment for it to not be McDavid.

There has been lots of players that have met or exceeded expectations for this Edmonton Oilers team, but there has also been a few that have had an underwhelming season.

This is what I will be diving into today. It isn’t that the following players don’t help the team out, it is just at the start of the season I thought they would be having a better season then they are having.

Hopefully these players can turn it on down the stretch and into the playoffs. Right now the majority of the team is playing up to their peak, if they can get all 18 skaters and both goalies hot this team should be able to go on a long playoff run.