Connor McDavid is in his fourth season of the NHL, and the Oilers have very little to show even with the best player in the league.
The Edmonton Oilers have become increasingly reliant on McDavid but the 2018-19 season has reached new heights.
From @travisyost: If you look at productivity across the #NHL, you can see just how reliant the Oilers have become on Connor McDavid (and his linemates) to produce offence. https://t.co/I6k6JV5tko #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/9k6CmYDbaN— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) November 19, 2018
Reliance on the best player in the league is expected, but the Oilers only scoring is coming from their top line.
This season, McDavid has scored 20% of the Oilers goals this year. Add in line mate, Leon Draisaitl, and they've attributed for a massive 40% of Oilers goals. Those are some worrying numbers that prove how inconsistent and terrible Edmonton's depth has been. They're clearly upset with the depth scoring and the front office has made it clear that they want changes.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Spooner.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 16, 2018
Strome, 25, has skated in 358 career NHL games over parts of six seasons with NYI and EDM, registering 59 goals and 103 assists for 162 points, along with 170 penalty minutes. pic.twitter.com/5m7IR8uD5b
Strome was an offensive and defensive liability for the Oilers, but Ryan Spooner may not be much better in their bottom six.
The Oilers reliance on McDavid and failure to build favorable depth will inevitably lead to their downfall. With Cam Talbot struggling, the Oilers will continue to rely on McDavid and Draisaitl to put up goal after goal.