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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: September 19, 1:53 PM ET
No. 110: Edmonton Oilers

By Jeff Gold
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 114
Title track: 52
Ownership: 97
Coaching: 83
Players: 104
Fan relations: 98
Affordability: 108
Stadium Experience 119
Bang for the Buck 117

What a disaster. The team ranks in triple digits in four categories, and slips by at 97th and 98th in two others. But here's the best (worst) part: The team hasn't made the playoffs in seven straight years and hasn't been beyond the first round of the postseason in 13 of the last 14. Yet it has the audacity to charge an average of $79 for a ticket -- almost $20 more than the league average. Not only that, but fan costs increased by an average of 10.4 percent! You'd think the Oilers would have improved at a faster rate given the ignominious distinction of three straight first overall picks, but last season they went 19-29 in the shortened season, 12th in the conference and 10 points out of the playoffs. Still, there's no denying this team's impressive young talent and a massive turnaround wouldn't surprise anyone. A core of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz make it seem that this team isn't far from making its move. One can hope if the on-ice product improves, so will the stadium experience, ranked as the worst in the league.