Last season was certainly a disappointing one for the Edmonton Oilers. They finished the regular season with only 79 points. It marked the second straight year the Oilers finished with fewer than 80 points (they had 78 the year before), following what looked like the beginning of a rise to contention in 2016-2017. Three years ago, with star center Connor McDavid bursting on the scene with 100 points and a +27 rating in his first full season, the Oilers finished with 103 points and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before losing to the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. That season’s success led many to believe the Oilers were primed for years of legitimate contention, but that hasn’t happened at all. Even though McDavid has improved on his point production in the two years since (with 108 and then 116), the team around him hasn’t performed well together as a unit.