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Last year's ranking: 110
Title track: 52
Fan relations: 102
Stadium experience: 118
Bang for the buck: 117
It takes oil hundreds of thousands of years to transform from rough material into something useful, so perhaps this franchise is just staying true to its name. For years, Edmonton has been stockpiling young talent: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, the three No. 1 overall picks from 2010, '11 and '12, plus former first-rounders Jordan Eberle, 24, and David Perron, 26. That's a lot of talent up front. But Edmonton's crude potential has yet to be refined into W's. Last season it ranked dead last in the league in goals-against average while playing musical chairs in goal, where the Oilers started a league-high six different netminders (tied with Buffalo).
The fans, who ranked the Oilers near the bottom of our list in every fan-related category, are getting restless with the endless rebuilding. Who can blame them? Edmonton charges the league's fifth-highest average ticket price ($75.94) and gouges fans in other ways ($7.44 for a beer!). But there is hope for an eventual return to the glory days of the '80s in the erstwhile City of Champions. The Oilers will bolt the 40-year-old, 16,800-seat Rexall Place (which ranked second worst in the league behind only the Islanders' Nassau Coliseum) for shiny, new $480 million digs in 2016. Forgive us if we're not positively gushing.