Summer Skate: Edmonton Oilers

Oilers are young and talented -- and still a few years away from playoff contention

Updated: September 22, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Kent Wilson and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Ryan Nugent-HopkinsNick Laham/Getty ImagesIf Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is physically ready to compete in the NHL, he could play as a rookie.

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

Summer Skate -- Edmonton Oilers

The road back to relevance for the Edmonton Oilers remains a long one cluttered with steep learning curves and many losses. Although GM Steve Tambellini added a few more veterans to the roster this summer in Andy Sutton, Eric Belanger and former Oiler Ryan Smyth, Edmonton will still likely struggle to compete.

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.