Commentary

Summer Skate: Edmonton Oilers

Things can't get worse here; Taylor Hall could speed the improvement

Originally Published: September 15, 2010
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers may have been the worst team since the lockout, but this wasn't entirely expected; they lost their only NHL-caliber goalie and their only legitimate top-six forward last year. Even healthy, no one would have expected Pat Quinn to perform miracles with such a young and defensively-weak team. Tom Renney's in charge now, and the defense looks better. The picture in Edmonton does too -- but there will be a lot of shifts from last year.