The Edmonton Oilers last went to the playoffs in April of 2006. The well-balanced team was littered with veteran depth, a big-game winger in Ales Hemsky and a mountain man defender in Chris Pronger. Since then the team has gone seven-and-a-half seasons without sniffing the post-season. They've been the worst franchise in the game and they've "rebuilt" the team three different ways. Over that time, the Oilers have played 591 games, winning just 229 of them. They've used five coaches and three general managers to accomplish these incredible feats. Their failures have been the topic of this site since inception, but we missed an angle that shows how bad the carnage, taken in totality, has been
Below is a table totaling the shots for and against for all 30 NHL franchises since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
|Team||Games||Shots For||Shots Against||Diff||SF/G||SA/G||Diff/G|
|Detroit Red Wings||588||19,580||16,099||3,481||33.3||27.38||5.92|
|San Jose Sharks||589||18,951||16,437||2,514||32.17||27.91||4.27|
|New York Rangers||591||18,174||16,878||1,296||30.75||28.56||2.19|
|New Jersey Devils||590||17,151||15,942||1,210||29.07||27.02||2.05|
|Los Angeles Kings||589||17,509||16,707||802||29.73||28.37||1.36|
|St. Louis Blues||587||16,763||16,270||493||28.56||27.72||0.84|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||590||17,821||18,093||-272||30.2||30.67||-0.46|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||588||16,952||17,275||-323||28.83||29.38||-0.55|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||590||17,112||17,574||-462||29||29.79||-0.78|
|New York Islanders||590||17,553||18,481||-929||29.75||31.32||-1.57|
The Oilers have been outshot by 2,689 shots over than span. The next closest worst team, the Jets, are 1100 shots better - 2 per game - than the Oilers in 8 years. The best team in the league by this measure, the Red Wings, have been 6000 shots better, more than 10 per game, than the Oilers.
After seven years and three rebuilds, the team should be better. But the -4.8 shots per game differential in 2013-14 shows that the team is worse than their average as the worst team in the league. As one of my fellow writers said:
"It's hard to believe there are still new ways to show how terrible this team has been for eight years."