When it comes to the Oilers forwards, the big story through the first quarter of the season has been the lack of scoring. Before the season there were questions about the defence and even about Devan Dubnyk as the number one goalie but the forwards were supposed to score goals. Lots of them. So far that hasn't happened. You're probably familiar with the numbers: 27 goals total and only 10 of those have come at even strength, including one that was scored on an empty net and two more where the Oilers had their goalie pulled. Those numbers, not surprisingly, rank the Oilers right near the bottom of the NHL.
In the early going the power play helped bail the team out scoring 11 times during a six game stretch to start the season but even that has cooled off now with just three goals in the next six. Coincidentally the Oilers lost five of those six and really should have lost all six but got luck in Columbus. The power play totals can even be a little deceiving when it comes to looking at the contributions of the forwards since four of the goals so far have actually come from Justin Schultz. All in all what we've seen through the first few weeks of the season is anything but what was expected from the Oilers young and exciting forwards heading into the season.
At The Quarter Point: A Look At The Forwards
The Copper & Blue | Feb 17