Edmonton Oilers Eliminated From Playoffs, Connor McDavid Sounds Off
The Edmonton Oilers were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday for the second straight year in a row. And, as a result, the Oilers superstar sensation Connor McDavid has spoken out. In other recent interviews, McDavid would come across as if he didn’t have any issues with team play. Monday was different. When asked about the possibility of the Oilers carrying momentum into the next season, McDavid said, “I don’t know. Maybe, we’ll see. Doesn’t really matter.”
According to CBS Sports, McDavid also had this to say about the team missing the playoffs: “Yeah it sucks obviously,” he said. “It’s not good enough, all year. We let streaks drag on, let times where we couldn’t find ways to get wins drag on, you got to find a way to stop the bleeding quick. It’s a slim margin of error in this league. There’s a lot of teams that are right there, we did our best to stay in the fight, just a little too late.”
He went on to say that the team has been a “roller coaster” and noted the changes the team has gone through.
“It’s been an insane season,” McDavid said. “Coaching change, GM change. Good times and bad times — it’s been a roller coaster. It’s been emotionally challenging, it’s been hard mentally to kinda keep on going. But we were always kinda right there, we were close and then we’d drift away — that’s how it goes.”
Frustration Mounting For Young Star
If nothing else, McDavid’s comments should serve as a warning for Oilers management. He had a career-high 115 points this season, yet the Oilers have just 77 points, showing next to no improvement from last year’s 78 points. The Oilers have failed to build a team around McDavid, and the addition of Ken Hitchcock with Todd McLellan’s firing hasn’t created any real improvement. Keith Gretzky is currently the team’s interim GM as the Oilers fired Peter Chiarelli in January.
Chiarelli made some truly ridiculous moves on his way out, including a mind-boggling three-year extension for goalie Mikko Koskinen and trading Ryan Strome — which was a fine move in a vacuum but his incredible run in New York has shown a deeper problem in Edmonton. Strome has 17 goals and 31 total points with the Rangers after scoring just one with the Oilers in 18 games.
To go along with the curious moves and the frustration of McDavid, the Oilers has one more player above 100 total points. Leon Draisaitl had 104 points (49 goals, 55 assists) according to NHL.com. To say that the season has been a bit of a disappointment is an understatement.
The Heart Of The Matter
The Edmonton Oilers seemed to really be coasting along with a generational talent. Apart from the offensive prowess of Draisaitl, there has been no consistent help for McDavid. Boasting talents such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic, and the other 20+ goal scorers, it is quite an interesting challenge to dissect the Oilers situation.
With players such as Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom chipping in some goals, there is at least some hope for the team on offense. When defensemen are scoring goals consistently with forwards, team success should be a given. Interestingly, it seems to be quite the opposite. With rumors of McDavid wanting a trade, the Edmonton Oilers could be in deep trouble. Though the rumors are unconfirmed at this time, the comments made to media should come as somewhat of a warning. The Edmonton Oilers really seemed as if they’d make McDavid a franchise player. Perhaps it is time to shake up the team the right way this time.
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