NHL Predictions: Why the Edmonton Oilers Will Win the Stanley Cup by 2015-2016

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIJanuary 31, 2013

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 26: Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle #14, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 and Taylor Hall #4 celebrate a second period goal against the Calgary Flames  in NHL action on January 26, 2013 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)
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There is not a single team in the NHL with as much exciting and upcoming talent as the Edmonton Oilers.

Well, it should be expected after obtaining the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft for three consecutive years.

The Oilers forced a seven game series in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Since losing in Game 7 and allowing the Hurricanes to hoist the Cup, the Oilers haven't reached the playoffs.

It has been a bumpy and gloomy ride for patient fans in Edmonton, as they wait for their team to win its first Stanley Cup since the 1989-90 season.

In fact, in 21 seasons since the Oilers last won the cup, they have only reached the playoffs nine times.

Well, times are changing.

In 2008, the Oilers selected Jordan Eberle with the 22nd pick in the draft. In 153 games played, Eberle has tallied 125 points.

In 2010, the Oilers took Taylor Hall with the first pick in the draft, which began the streak of three consecutive seasons with the No. 1 pick.

In 2011, they drafted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has as good of vision on the ice as anyone I have seen in a while. 

Then, in 2012, highly talented prospect Justin Schultz out of the University of Wisconsin chose to sign with the Oilers, right around the same time the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov with the first pick in the draft.

Yakupov is one of the quickest players I have seen in recent memory and reminds me of Sidney Crosby with his outstanding hand-eye coordination.

Eberle (22), Schultz (22), Hall (21), Nugent-Hopkins (19) and Yakupov (19), spearhead a young group of future stars that will be taking the NHL by storm over the next decade.

Not to mention, they still contain guys such as Ryan Whitney, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner. 

At 4-2-0 in the shortened season, the Oilers are well on their way to breaking a streak of six consecutive seasons without a postseason appearance. They have the second most efficient power play in the league to this point.

Within the next couple of years, this team will hoist the Stanley Cup. I guarantee it. If I am wrong I will eat my words. But when they do win by the 2015-2016 season, I will refer back to this to support my claims.

The more this group of young and talented players gets to work together and build chemistry, the more lethal of a force the Oilers will be for years to come.