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Strengths: The Oilers have some great young talent after picking high in so many recent drafts. Add Na'il Yakupov to a list that already includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner, and you've got young players with offensive upside that would be the envy of almost any NHL GM.
Question marks: Even with the signing of college free agent Justin Schultz, the Oilers defensive corps is full of question marks. Is Justin Schultz ready for play top-four minutes in the NHL? Can Ryan Whitney stay healthy? Is there enough grit on the blueline to make it tough enough for opponents to get quality scoring chances? Also, is Devan Dubnyk a bona-fide NHL starter?
Keys: Obviously, the young forwards have to continue their development, and at least one or two of them have to take a big step forward. So does Dubnyk, who has shown flashes of ability, but not the consistency needed to establish himself as a starter. He's 26, which means the time to show he can do it is now.
Defensively, this team either needs an upgrade, or it needs guys like Justin Schultz, Ryan Whitney, Nick Schultz, Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid to all meet or exceed expectations. If most of these pieces fall into place, the Oilers will battle for a playoff spot, but it's likely they're still a year away.