11:02 AM - May 16, 2012 by MMChrisS
#3 -- Edmonton Oilers
Since neither of Edmonton's goalies are very good, it's a worth noting that this team has put the NHL on notice that they have some youthful players that know how to score when they have the man advantage.
Sam Gagner helps stabilize things up the middle, but the emergence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could mean for some interesting dynamics next season for sure. It'll be interesting to see what ratings RNH finally lands on next season, especially since he missed some games with an injury this year. Add to this potent young mix the likes of Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, both of whom possess respectable (yet slightly underrated) numbers in NHL 12, and you have some dynamic scorers on two different powerplay units.
On the back end, Edmonton is solid enough to support the skilled young forwards up front. Admittedly, Ryan Whitney needs to find the game that has eluded him over the last couple of years, and Cam Barker is still growing as a player, but both possess shot power numbers trending towards 90, and each of them has some pretty good puck possession and passing to boot.