The best thing about every 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers hockey player is …

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The best thing about every 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers hockey player is…

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Connor McDavid. Will bring a Stanley Cup to Edmonton in the next few years, maybe this year.

Leon Draisaitl. As good as he is in the regular season, we all know Draisaitl’s Beast will come out in the playoffs.

Ryan McLeod. Size, speed, youth, some skill and diligence. What’s not to like about a potential player?

Derek Ryan. Plays the game at the highest level, rarely out of position where it counts, on defense.

Devin Shore. He’s got size, speed, skill and has shown in a few playoff games that he can be part of the tough gang that gets going.

Jesse Puljujarvi. He consistently plays good two-way hockey at the front row.

Zach Hyman. Few players in the game protect the puck with the skill and ferocity of Hyman, he possesses an incredible work rate and a solid amount of finesse.

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Colton Sceviour. The new take on Matt Hendricks, a helpful veteran utility player who can get by on a line of control.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. As a power play, he regularly turns copper into gold.

Kailer Yamamoto. He has skill with the puck, but just as much skill to read the play on the defensive end and find the right place and the right time to thwart an opponent’s attack.

Tyler benson . He’s turning his game into an NHL game, an increasingly productive style of play.

Warren Foegele. Has the size, skill, battle, and style to play a line with McDavid, which says it all.

Brendan Perlini. He’s starting to hit more and he’s always had that good shot.

Zack Kassian. On his best nights, he can still advance the game of a powerful NHL forward.

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Kyle Turris. There’s no one I’d rather see in the middle of the rink during a shootout than Turris.

Darnell Nurse. A tower of power as a leading defensive player, now playing his best hockey in the NHL.

Cody This. Deliver strong, efficient and intelligent play night after night in a Top 4 role. Huzzah!

Tyson Barrie. Just enjoyed his best month as Edmonton Oiler, an exceptional puck who brings value when he sticks to the basics of defense.

Evan Bouchard. Slowly, surely, he is bringing out the skills of the best pair in his game, as well as figuring things out in the defensive end.

Kris Russell. On his best nights, he’s still a stopping freak in the defensive lunge.

Philippe Broberg. In his NHL debut, he showed the skating, puck carrying and size that should make him a solid NHL Top 4 man for the next several years.

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Duncan Keith. With the puck on his stick, he’s cunning and efficient, a big plus for the Oilers.

Slater Koekkoek. Fills in when and where it’s needed and the effort never fails.

Markus Niemelainen. Huge D-man brings a wicked, physical element that this team can use.

Guillaume Lagesson. Didn’t play much, but played his best hockey in the NHL at those times, claiming a job in the top hockey league.

Mikko Koskinen. His solid play in the first month of the season helped propel Edmonton to the top of the NHL.

Stuart Skinner. All the elements seem to be there for a future NHL number 1 goaltender.

Mike Smith. The most charismatic Oiler, everyone on the team seems to grow two inches taller and gain 20 pounds of muscle when at net.

PS Merry Christmas to you all Oilers loyalists. Our hour is coming. We’ve been through tough years as fans, but our time is coming. It is with pleasure that we continue to chronicle all things Oilers here at The Hockey Cult, by the Faithful and for the Faithful.

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