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Edmonton Oilers Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for NHL Season 2023

Edmonton Oilers Last Season Performance

It was a record-setting season for Connor McDavid last season. The superstar put up the first 150-point season (153) since Mario Lemieux did it 27 seasons ago. And yet, Edmonton’s season ended in bitter defeat again. The Oilers were ousted by the Golden Knights in the second round despite being favored by the NHL lines.

It was the second straight season where the team lost to the eventual champions. There is a bit of consolation there as it seems that the path to the Stanley Cup goes through the Oilers. But with McDavid becoming one year older yet again, the pressure continues for everyone else in the organization. Will they build a winner while the three-time Hart Trophy winner is at his peak?

Edmonton Oilers Offseason Changes

Key Additions

With not a lot of wiggle room in terms of salary, the Oilers focused on re-signing several key players. The team did bring in a low-cost veteran like Connor Brown, who could play on the top line with McDavid and Evander Kane. Edmonton also brought in Lane Pederson. He should slot in as the team’s third or fourth center while Gleason

Key Subtractions

The Oilers had to dump some salary and forward Kailer Yamamoto was the casualty of such. Edmonton traded him to Detroit along with winger Klim Kostin to Washington for “future considerations”. The team also lost forward Nick Bjugstad who they acquired in the NHL Trade Deadline last season.

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Analysis

Few coaches have a hot seat quite as hot as Jay Woodcroft’s. Under Woodcroft, Edmonton has compiled a 76-32-12 record and three playoff series wins. He enters his second full season with the team after signing a three-year deal following the 2022 season.

But as the NHL odds indicate, Edmonton should be a Stanley Cup contender. Anything short of a return to the Conference Finals might just lead to changes on the team. And the head coach, whether it is their fault or not, is usually the first to pay the price.

Edmonton Oilers Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

As long as McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are healthy, the Oilers will remain at short online sports betting odds for almost anything. This includes winning the Stanley Cup (+1000) and/or the President’s Trophy (+800) as the regular season’s top team. McDavid is also the favorite to win his fourth Hart Trophy (Ev) while Draisaitl (+1000) is not too far behind.

The hot question continues to be how the rest of the franchise keeps up with these two. McDavid and Draisaitl combined to score 116 goals and 281 points during the regular season. In the playoffs, they had 38 points together. Draisaitl even finished as the top goal scorer of the postseason with 13 despite Edmonton only playing 12 games.

The team did not make too many significant moves this offseason. The goaltending remains spotty at best and the depth leaves much to be desired. Folks betting online will continue to find Edmonton as a favorite on a game-to-game basis, for the most part. McDavid and Draisaitl will score plenty as usual. But with how lacking the rest of the team is, it might be better to bet online against Edmonton.

Edmonton Oilers FAQ’s

Who owns the Edmonton Oilers?

Daryl Katz has owned the Oilers since 2008. He purchased the team from the Edmonton Investors Group and created Rexall Sports Corporation. This has since been renamed to the Oilers Entertainment Group or OEG Inc. for short, as of 2023.

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How many Stanley Cups have the Edmonton Oilers won?

The Oilers have won five Stanley Cups. They won their first in 1984 and most recent one in 1990. Edmonton also twice made the Stanley Cup Final in losing efforts: in 1983 and 2006.

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Who is the Edmonton Oilers’ biggest rival?

Edmonton’s biggest rival is its provincial neighbor: the Calgary Flames. Their games are nicknamed “The Battle of Alberta” after their province. All-time, Calgary holds an edge, 141-129-18-6 as of the start of the 2023-24 season. The Oilers also have some recent rivalries with the Kings and Golden Knights.

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Why did the Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky?

The short answer: money. Then-owner Peter Pocklington was in desperate need of money due to the demands of his business ventures. The quickest way to do it was to trade Wayne Gretzky for some cash, which he did to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

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