We win

May 14, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Edmonton Oilers Forward Leon Draisaitl
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Our best players were our best players

Last season, Winnipeg shut down our best players way too much for comfort.

This year, our best players were most definitely our best players.

Connor McDavid currently leads the entire NHL in points in the playoffs, with 14 in seven games – perhaps to the surprise of no one. Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane are also in the top 10 – tied with a handful of guys with nine points in seven games.

Last season even McDavid got shut down a bit. I think the Edmonton Oilers learned a lesson from the Jets last year, though, because this season they adopted the Jet’s physical style that they applied to shut us down last season.

Take a look at these boxcars as proof:

Connor McDavid – 4-10-14 in 7 games

Evander Kane – 7-2-9 in 7 games (this led the Oilers in goal scoring)

Leon Draisaitl – 5-4-9 in 7 games

Cody Ceci – 1-5-6 in 7 games (whoa…..for a stay at home guy…..)

Ryan Nuget-Hopkins- 2-3-5 in 7 games

Evan Bouchard – 0-5-5 in 7 games (1st playoffs!)

Zach Hyman2-2-4 in 7 games

Tyson Barrie – 1-2-3 in 7 games

Kailer Yamamoto – 1-2-3 in 7 games

Darnell Nurse – 1-1-2 in 6 games

The only guy who disappointed a bit was Jesse Puljujarvi who only had 1-1-2 in 7 games and that certainly wasn’t for lack of trying from what I saw. He’s only got 11 playoff games to his name, including the seven we just finished playing, so I suspect he’ll get better the more playoff hockey he plays.