And little wonder that new GM Craig MacTavish has come in

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The Young Oilers are as an old or canada goose outlet uk sale older than Chicago and Pittsburgh’s key players when those teams turned the cornerIn optimistic moments you will find fans of the Edmonton Oilers comparing the team rebuild to what went on in the recent past in Chicago and Pittsburgh, where atrocious hockey teams used top draft picks to rebuild into Stanley Cup winners.

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In the light of such talk, it useful to canada goose outlet houston look at the age of the Pittsburgh and Chicago core players in the first year that those teams stopped being atrocious and actually made or seriously challenged for the playoffs.

This year, as of Feb. 1, 2014, the ages of the Oilers core players will be: Devan Dubnyk, 27, Jordan Eberle, 23, Sam Gagner, 24, Taylor canada goose outlet in chicago Hall, 22, canada goose outlet new york Ales Hemsky, 30, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, 20, David Perron, 25, Jeff Petry, 26, Justin Schultz, 23, Ladi Smid, 27, and Nail Yakupov, 20.

Pittsburgh’s rocket to the topIn 2005 06, the Penguins finished 28th overall in the NHL.

The next season, 2006 07, they shot up to ninth overall, 4th in the Eastern Conference. Sidney Crosby was 19, Marc Andre Fleury, 22, Sergei Gonchar, 32, Kris Letang, 19, Evgeni Malkin, 20, Ryan Malone, 27, Brooks Orpik, 26, Rob Scuderi, 28, Jordan Staal, 18, Maxime Talbot, 22, and Ryan Whitney, 23.

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In 2007 08, when the Penguins finished first in the NHL, they had Crosby, 20, Fleury, 23, Gonchar, 32, Letang, 20, Malkin, 21, Malone, 28, Orpik, 27, Scuderi, 29, Staal, 19, Talbot, 23, Whitney, 24, Hal Gill, 32, Tyler Kennedy, 21, and Marian Hossa, 29.

In 2008 09, when the team was the Stanley Cup champ, canada goose outlet ottawa they had Crosby, 21, Fleury, 24, Gonchar, 33, Letang, 21, Malkin, 22, Ruslan Fedotenko, 30, Bill Guerin, 38, Chris Kunitz, 29, Orpik, 28, Scuderi, 30, Staal, 20, Talbot, 24, Gill, 33, and Kennedy, 22.

canada goose uk black friday Chicago’s rocket to the topIn 2006 07, the Hawks finished 25th overall in the NHL, 13th in the Western Conference. canada goose uk black friday

Hawks in 2007 08, finished 19th overall, one spot out of the playoffs in the Western conference.

The ages as on February 1, 2008 were Duncan Keith, 24, Dave Bolland, 21, Dustin Byfuglien, 22, Martin Havlat, 26, Niklas Hjalmarsson, 20, Patrick Kane, 19, Andrew Ladd, 22, Brent Seabrook, 22, Patrick Sharp, 26, Jonathan Toews, 19.

In 2008 09, the Hawks finally made the playoffs, but with a bang, finishing 3rd in the West, sixth overall in the NHL. That team had Keith, 25, Bolland, 22, Byfuglien, 23, Havlat, 27, Hjalmarsson, 21, Kane, 20, Ladd, 23, Seabrook, 23, Sharp, 27, Toews, 20, and Brian Campbell, 29.

In 2009 10, when the Hawks won the Cup, they had Bolland, 23, Byfuglien, 24, Marian Hossa, 31, Hjarlmarsson, 22, Kane, 21, Ladd, 24, Seabrook, 24, Sharp, 28, Toews, 21 and Campbell, 30.

canada goose uk shop Clock ticking fast on OilersThe Oilers were a weak team in 2013, a team that went sideways and didn’t improve from 2011 12, despite the team being loaded with three first overall picks. Little wonder that GM Steve Tambellini and coach Ralph Krueger were fired. And little wonder that new GM Craig MacTavish has come in talking about the team needing to improve fast, to win now, to make a move. canada goose uk shop

Canada Goose sale This year, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov and Nugent Hopkins will all be the same age or older than the key young core players on the Hawks and the Penguins when those teams turned the corner. Canada Goose sale

canada goose clearance sale The Hawks had at least one more veteran player, Patrick Sharp, who was also a key core player, while the Penguins had Sergie Gonchar. It could be argued that the Oilers lack that key core veteran player or two that could make a difference here, unless Ales Hemsky rebounds, or Ladi Smid, Jeff Petry or David Perron take a step up. canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose online It could also be argued that at the cheap canada goose very, very top end of the roster, the Hawks and the Penguins simply had more talent, with Crosby and Malkin and Toews and Kane simply outpacing Hall and Eberle. Perhaps the development of Nugent Hopkins and Yakupov can help change that equation somewhat, at least when it comes to the Chicago comparison. Crosby and Malkin are all time greats, so the Pittsburgh comp isn a sound one for the Oilers, not now, not down the road. Canada Goose online

cheap canada goose uk The fact is if this Oilers team does not seriously challenge for the playoffs this season, that a bad sign if the notion is that this core group is a new version of the Hawks and is on a fast track to competing for a Stanley Cup. cheap canada goose uk

Canada Goose Outlet Of course, the Oilers rebuild might still work out even if canada goose outlet toronto factory this team doesn follow the speedy path canada goose outlet kokemuksia of the Hawks. But if this team doesn make the playoffs, or come within a whisker of making them, you can forget Chicago being a role model Canada Goose Outlet.

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