They have 3 players that are consistent. Those three are Hall, Eberle and Hopkins. Hall's out for 5-6 months are this point. So they need to rely on sub-par performers like Hemsky and Gagner in his absence (though he should be back by early next season). Hemsky has tonnes of skill but hasn't performed because he doesn't seem comfortable on that team. Gagner isn't anything special either. These two players won't thrive on that team. The defense is in need for some serious shut-down rebuilding as well.
you're not embarrassed by missing the play offs 2 years in a row being in 11 and probably missing them again. With Hall Eberle Gagner etc the kind of players no where to be found in our system I would think Oiler fans are less embarrassed
The integrity of your team was lost with two or three straight years at number 30. Failing for the lottery shows no character and at least the Flames are willing to fight to the bitter end for a chance to raise the cup. The Oilers have gone a long way since their 80's days.