The current group of forwards on the Oilers depth chart is capable of exceptional beauty and moments of extreme consternation. Last season during my reasonable expectations posts I suggested the Oilers forwards would score 215 goals; the idea was that with two scoring lines Edmonton would rip up the NW division offensively.
Last year’s list featured one 30 goal prediction (Penner) and three 20+ scorers (Hemsky, Horcoff and Cogliano) while in reality the team could manage only one 20-goal forward (Hemsky) and the forwards scored only 181 goals. This season I’m just a little more conservative.
- Ales Hemsky 75gp, 24-66-90 (1.20)
- Sam Gagner 78gp, 20-40-60 (.769)
- Patrick O’Sullivan 78gp, 28-28-56 (.717)
- Shawn Horcoff 71gp, 18-29-47 (.662)
- Andrew Cogliano 82gp, 22-25-47 (.573)
- Dustin Penner 80gp, 20-21-41 (.513)
- Robert Nilsson 70gp, 11-19-30 (.429)
- Fernando Pisani 60gp, 14-14-28 (.467)
- Marc Pouliot 70gp, 10-15-25 (.357)
- Ethan Moreau 65gp, 12-11-23 (.354)
- Ryan Potulny 66gp, 9-12-21 (.318)
- Zack Stortini 70gp, 6-10-16 (.229)
- Gilbert Brule 55gp, 7-8-15 (.273)
- JF Jacques 50gp, 3-7-10 (.200)
Oiler forwards scored 181 goals a year ago, this time I’m predicting 208. I’m also going to predict that Ales Hemsky drags this team into the second season.