McDavid (116 points) and Draisaitl (105 points) ended up second and 4th respectively in 2015 in the NHL points race, however the Oilers still ended up the season with the second-worst record in the Western Conference.
Hope is plentiful in Edmonton that by head coach Dave Tippett separating them at even strength, the Oilers will score more as a group.
Both superstars appear to have purchased in with McDavid centring Kassian and Neal and Draisaitl playing in between Yamamoto and Nugent-Hopkins.
"When you see them every day and you're around them every day, they have a passion to win," Tippett states. "There's lots of private accomplishments for them and distinctions for them.
"But both of them want to be actually great team gamers who wish to win. They want to push the franchise ahead and be called a winning franchise-- not simply a franchise with a number of excellent players."
Somehow, over the past nine days, Zack Kassian pulled off the impossible by taking the bulk of hockey headlines in Edmonton from star colleagues Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
"Connor simply plays with such speed and such poise," states the reborn James Neal, who has 19 goals this season with Edmonton after scoring just seven all of in 2015 in Calgary.
"He has the ability to make an amazing pass and has the capability to score an unbelievable objective at the exact same time. He's so deceptive, so hard to cover.
"You understand, I feel bad for some people having shift after shift to attempt to protect him."
"An incredible gamer," Neal says. "Very outstanding. His ability to move the puck is top in the league. His ability to hold people off, how strong he is, and then his shot ... He's a goal-scorer too."