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The Oilers will move into a new building next year and will be looking to turn the page. They still need to sink some funds into the defense and continue to build around Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall. Peter Chiarelli's phone probably will be getting a workout this year.
The Oilers have just one game left in Rexall Place, before closing the doors to an arena that is packed with many happy memories. There just aren't any recent ones. They appear poised to end another season in last and will hope this summer marks a turn of the page.
The Oilers are two points ahead of Toronto for last place, but have played three more games than the Leafs. The good news is, that means they only have three games left to play this season. Will the hockey gods reward them with another first overall pick?
Every few games we'll see glimpses of what the Oilers can become. It's usually found in something Connor McDavid or Taylor Hall is doing, but that's why they're the cornerstones. The job to build around them has to be handled delicately, but swiftly.
Edmonton has just 10 games remaining on their schedule and six in Rexall Place before they make their big move next season. Perhaps a new building will help foster a new beginning for the Oilers, despite all of their prior success in their current arena.
The Oilers have been on a little bit of a hot streak lately, having won four of their last five games. It's kind of amazing that even after that stretch, they're still in last in the West.
Edmonton didn't go crazy at the deadline, but they did pick up four 2016 draft picks, plus a 2017 pick. They also got something out of Justin Schultz, who had become a disappointment and picked up big forward Patrick Maroon. His production dropped in Anaheim, but he has some nice underlying numbers and helps the Oilers get "heavier."
The Oilers should be one of the more active sellers ahead of the deadline. Their best piece might be a tough sell, though. Justin Schultz hasn't lived up to expectations in Edmonton, but could another team view him as a diamond in the rough? GM Peter Chiarelli will have to hope so to maximize the return.
Not even Connor McDavid could save this team from dipping into last place in the West. GM Peter Chiarelli should be working the phones rather aggressively to see what he can get for some of the players who don't fit into the team's future plans.
If Oilers fans did nothing but look at Connor McDavid's stat line instead of the standings, things aren't going so bad. McDavid has six points over his first four games since returning from a broken clavicle. Meanwhile, the Oilers are tied with the Blue Jackets for the worst record in hockey.
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Goals have been hard to come by early for the Oilers and that may be true for a little while. The Oilers' season-opening schedule is a rough one. Eight of their next 10 are against playoff teams from a year ago.
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