There’s no denying it.
There’s only one thing missing from this list.
No matter how good the players are, their careers are going to be long.
For every great prospect that emerges, there’s a new one that has yet to crack the lineup.
This season is an exception to the rule.
As the NHL season has kicked off, it’s been a banner year for the likes of Connor McDavid and Connor Brown, two players that are already making waves.
McDavid, McDavid Jr. and Brown have all been key contributors to the Oilers offense, with McDavid’s hat trick against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday being the icing on the cake.
McDaniel’s goal on Sunday night was a major factor in Edmonton’s 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins.
And now the Oilers are one of just four teams in the entire league to go 4-0-1.
The Edmonton Oilers have gone 4-1-1 since the start of this season.
The only team to do that since that time is the Colorado Avalanche, who have gone 6-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average in that span.
The Oilers are also just the third team in the league to reach the 20-win mark since the season began, behind only the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The only teams to do so since then are the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, both of whom are in the midst of their first playoff berths since 2009.
The Kings are coming off of a disappointing 7-11 season, and have been struggling to keep pace with the rest of the league.
The Sharks have been in a tailspin all season, but have now gone 6th in the West with a 6-4-0 record.
The Coyotes are on a seven-game winning streak, but they’re in a fight for their life with the Los Angeles Kings after winning their last four.
The Canucks, meanwhile, have been the best team in their division, going 3-1 on the season, with three of those victories coming by a combined goal.
It’s hard to believe that the Anaheim Ducks are currently in third place in the Pacific Division, but with McElhinney at the helm, the Ducks are poised to be a playoff contender.
This isn’t to say that McElinney is infallible, and he can’t be.
However, he’s shown a knack for making the right decisions and getting the right results in the right situations.
This is a team that has played well in certain situations and not enough in others.
McElwain is a coach who can get the most out of the players, and this is one of the best-run teams in NHL history.
The team has a winning record since the beginning of the season and has been among the league’s elite over that stretch.
The final piece of the puzzle that makes McElhany’s Oilers a force to be reckoned with is their goaltending.
McLeod is one tough-as-nails goaltender, and has done an incredible job in leading the Oilers to wins in four of their last five games.
He’s had a great track record against teams that have a lot of offensive firepower.
McBoyle has done well as well, as well.
It just takes the right combination to put together a solid performance.
McElhinsey’s Oilers have been one of four teams that rank in the top five in the Eastern Conference, but that’s because they’ve had to compete against teams like the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings.
McNeilson has also put together impressive seasons against the Ottawa Sens, as they were able to get past him with ease in the regular season.
McLeod is coming off a season in which he was named the league MVP, which helped to catapult him to the top spot in the voting.
McAlhinney is the most accomplished goalie in the history of the NHL, having led the league in wins and shutouts for the past two seasons.
It may take a few more years for McLeod to reach his ceiling, but he’s one of those guys that will have a long career in the National Hockey League.
It’s a difficult task, to be sure.
McEvill’s team is one that is struggling to get a win over a top-five opponent, and they’re also one that needs to win against the likes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in order to get over the hump in the standings.
The Oilers, however, are the only team in NHL History to win four straight games, and to do it without a goaltender of McElwen’s caliber.