The Edmonton Oilers’ roster consists of 3 first over all picks, and with the way their seasons going, they may be adding a fifth. The Oilers have only won 14 games this season, resulting in the firing of head coach, Dallas Eakins. The Oilers’ have started to make changes, however, here are the two major things I think need to be done.
1. Start Trading
The Oilers have some of the most talented forwards in the league, and they need to start shopping them. It is clear that these young boys have reached their potential on this team, and it’s time to move them. REBUILD. Rebuild, while you have the pieces to rebuild with. The potential return for players such as Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Nail Yakupov could be very beneficial for the Oilers. Their lacking terribly defensively and I can think of a few teams who would be willing to make them a deal. The David Perron deal just isn’t enough.
2. Fire MacTavish and LaForg
There is no reason that this shouldn’t have occurred a long time ago. I believe that the Oilers fired the wrong person when Eakins was relieved of his duties. MacTavish and LaForge are solely responsible for the roster. They are responsible for all the transactions – and lack thereof. It seems to be clear to everyone but these two that the Oilers need to make some kind of change to their roster. Bringing in another first overall pick (no matter how talented) is not going to save this organization. MacTavish and LaFore have made it clear they aren’t capable of cleaning up their mess either, so it’s time for them to go.
Edmonton has the potential to be one of the greatest teams in the league. Their roster is brimming with so much young talent, by adding a few key pieces and taking some big chunks out, I believe there is a playoff team in the making. If they do add Connor McDavid to their roster, I can see the Oilers being a hard team to beat once they sort out the issues they’ve been having defensively.