In his look at goal differential, Ryan concluded:
I'd say the team will probably be about 30 goals better in their end of the rink. Strong seasons from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov will improve things in the other end of the rink too. The problem is, they're so far behind they have a ton of improving to do just to be bad.
30 goals equals about 5 wins, giving the Oilers 10 more points than 2013-14, or 77 points. Based on last season's year-end standings, that moves the Oilers into 13th place. That would also be the team's third-largest points gain since the 2006 run.
If the Oilers were to match their largest points gain since rebuild v3.6 began...
*projected based on matching the team's best points-gained improvement since 2008-09
...the team would still find itself with just 79 points, and based on last year's standings, still in 13th place. If they are able to steal a couple of wins from the 12th place team, perhaps they could move into 12th and the team wouldn't be as good as the 2008-09 edition.
That they can match their best improvement of the rebuild era and only move up to (hopefully) 12th shows the depth to which this franchise has fallen.