3 reasons the Edmonton Oilers didn't win the Stanley Cup

The Edmonton Oilers won't be winning the Stanley Cup this season. These are the three biggest reasons why.
NHL Stanley Cup Final - Edmonton Oilers Practice
NHL Stanley Cup Final - Edmonton Oilers Practice / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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Leon Draisaitl didn't score a single goal in the Stanley Cup Final

The Edmonton Oilers rely on Connor McDavid the most. He is the best player in the world and has shown why year after year.

With that said, they also rely on Leon Draisaitl a whole lot. He has an argument for being the second-best player in the NHL. He certainly fits right into the top five regardless of the order.

He was also incredible in the postseason. Until the Stanley Cup Final, he was right near the top of playoff scoring with McDavid.

Unfortunately, he fell off during the final. He didn't score a single goal in the final series of the season. It also felt like he didn't have that same pep in his step that he normally does.

It is unclear if Draisaitl is dealing with something injury-related. He likely is because he is normally one of the best players in the world.

If he was a tad bit more productive during this series, the Oilers would likely be the champions. You know that he (and McDavid) are going to come into 2024-25 as hungry as he's ever been because of how things ended.

When you critique the Stanley Cup runner-up, you are nitpicking. The Edmonton Oilers were the second best team this season and they deserved to be that close. Expect big things from them again next year.