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The Oilers need more than small, skilled forwards on their club.
The Oilers are loaded with young, offensively gifted forwards but have found out this season that the team cannot win with all of the same players.
Guys like Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins form the core of what should (and probably will) be a formidable and explosive offense in the next couple of seasons, but the Oilers need to fill out the roster with versatile forwards to complement the skill.
It would take a lot of guts for MacTavish to trade one of these players, but the bottom line is that trading one of these superstars would net a large reward.
It's unfair to speculate names, but the Oilers would certainly benefit from having a player who has the ability to play top-six forward minutes but has more of a physical aspect to his game.
As it stands the Oilers are far too easy to play against, and that culture has to change.
Thanks to a woeful end of the season that has seen the Oilers lose nine of their last 10 games, the club should finish with another top-five draft pick, and this could be the first year that club's first-round draft pick could be moved.
Every team in the NHL needs and covets skilled power forwards, but the Oilers have the assets to acquire one.
The team needs to stop signing players on the decline and invest in a diversity of players who are coming into their prime. If the Oilers can add some size and some skill in the offseason, it should be the move that will have the biggest impact on the club going forward.
It would be a risky move to trade away a player like Eberle or their first-round draft selection, but perhaps one is necessary if things are to change in Edmonton.