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

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The best thing about each Edmonton Oilers hockey player in 2021-22 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 great as he is in the regular season, we all know the beast in Draisaitl will come out in the playoffs.

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

Derek Ryan. Reads the game at the highest level, seldom out of position where it counts, on defence.

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

Jesse Puljujarvi. He is consistently playing strong two-way hockey at a first line level.

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

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Colton Sceviour. The new version of Matt Hendricks, a useful veteran utility player who can hold his own on a checking line.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. On the power play he regularly spins copper into gold.

Kailer Yamamoto. He’s got skill with the puck, but just as much skill at reading the game in the defensive end and finding the right place and moment to thwart an opposition attack.

Tyler Benson . He’s transforming his game into an NHL game, an increasingly productive grinding style of play.

Warren Foegele. Has the size, skill, battle and style to play on a line with McDavid, which is saying something.

Brendan Perlini. Is starting to hit more and he’s always had that great shot.

Zack Kassian. On his best nights, he can still bring the game of a forceful NHL power forward.

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Kyle Turris. There’s no one I’d rather see at centre ice on a shoot-out than Turris.

Darnell Nurse. A tower of power as a top-pairing d-man, now playing his best hockey in the NHL.

Cody Ceci. Delivering solid, effective and smart games night after night in a Top 4 role. Huzzah!

Tyson Barrie. Just had his best month as an Edmonton Oiler, an exceptional puck mover who brings value when he sticks to the basics on defence.

Evan Bouchard. Slowly, surely, he’s bringing out the top-pairing skill in his game, as well as figuring out things in the defensive end.

Kris Russell. On his best nights, he’s still a shut-down monster in the defensive slot.

Philip Broberg. In his NHL debut, he flashed the skating, puck-carrying and size that should make him a strong Top 4 d-man in the NHL in the next few years.

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Duncan Keith. With the puck on his stick, he’s crafty and effective, a huge asset for the Oilers.

Slater Koekkoek. Fills in when and where he’s asked and the effort is never lacking.

Markus Niemelainen. Huge d-man brings a nasty and physical element this team can use.

William Lagesson. Hasn’t played much but has played his best NHL hockey in those moments, staking a claim to a job in hockey’s highest league.

Mikko Koskinen. His strong play in the first month of the season was instrumental in propelling Edmonton to the top of the NHL.

Stuart Skinner. All the elements look to be there of a future No. 1 NHL goalie.

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

P.S. Merry Christmas to all of you, to the Oilers Faithful. Our time is coming. We went through some rough years as fans, but our time is coming. It’s our pleasure to continue to chronicle all things Oilers here at the Cult of Hockey, by the Faithful and for the Faithful.

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