It's a narrative that's dominated the Oilers franchise since they drafted Connor McDavid.
No matter who they pair McDavid with, they never have enough scoring from their depth lines. Leon Draisaitl and McDavid are the entire Edmonton Oilers offense with some additional help from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and whoever is the wing for McDavid. After trading away Drake Caggiula, the Oilers fifth highest-scoring player is Darnell Nurse with just five goals on the season.
Hold up— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 2, 2019
I can't believe this is actually true
You only need FOUR goals to be in the Top 5 of the Oilers' current forward corps?! pic.twitter.com/uKrjpdCjl1
Good thing they pay Milan Lucic millions every year to score one single goal on the season.
To make matters even worse, Alex Chiasson is currently sidelined with an knee injury, so Kyle Brodziak is actually the fifth highest-scorer among active skaters on the Oilers' roster. At what point do the Oilers' front office look at their past few seasons and the moves they've made, and finally give Peter Chiarelli the axe?
After putting together a nice stretch with Ken Hitchcock at the helm, the Oilers have plummeted back to reality. Obviously the Oilers aren't boasting the kind of depth of the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, or Tampa Bay Lightning. However, their lack of scoring isn't even on par with the teams that are around them in the standings.
The Minnesota Wild, whicj are also sitting at 39 points on the season, have five players with double digit goals. Five goals may put Nurse in the top five on the Oilers, but he'd be sitting ninth in goals for the Wild.
Unless the Oilers want to waste yet another year of McDavid, moves have to be made to upgrade their scoring depth in a big way.