by PuckStopsHere on 03/10/12 at 02:18 PM ET
The Edmonton Oilers season hasn’t been a good one. They are second last in the league. This is an improvement over the previous two seasons where they finished in dead last, but it’s not a good year. There is one sign that things will be okay in the near future. Edmonton has the top power play in the league with a 22.0% success rate.
Power play is a place where players have a chance to show their offensive ability. Often young players first succeed on the power play before learning to succeed in situations where they do not have a man advantage. Young Oiler players including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall and first year defenceman Corey Potter have scored a significant portion of their points on the power play. Nugent-Hopkins and Potter have more than half their points in that situation.
Jordan Eberle is the most significant Oiler scorer this season who has scored the vast majority of his points at even strength.
This is a sign that the Oilers have some young offensively talented players who are learning their game at the NHL level. With the extra space of a man advantage they have been successful. Likely they will learn how to score better at even strength in the not too distant future.
The Edmonton Oilers have a talented young core. That core has not been ready to succeed at the NHL level. It is showing signs that it is close now. The Oilers will need to add better goaltending and defence to be a contender, but their top forwards look to be almost ready.
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