The injuries are starting to become aplenty as the Oilers will now be without the services of Tom Gilbert, Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and Jordan Eberle for an extended period of time. That's a big chunk of minutes that will be not be easy to replace.
After a hot start, the Oilers have dwindled all the way down to 13th in the Western Conference. That's about the whereabouts many hockey pundits were expecting the team to be performing. It's the halfway point of the season and it doesn't look like playoffs are in the cards this season.
The rebuilding process continues, this season has been considered somewhat of a success despite free falling out of the playoff picture. The Oilers are loaded with talent that hasn't even dawned an Oiler jersey in the regular season yet. Here are the top five Edmonton Oilers in the system: