Solutions to the 3 Biggest Problems Faced by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013

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Solutions to the 3 Biggest Problems Faced by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013
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2013 was a season of missed opportunities for the Edmonton Oilers that saw the team once again finish outside of the playoffs extending the postseason drought to seven straight seasons.

While the Oilers have a handful of highly skilled forwards, it became obvious as the condensed season came to a close that the team was lacking in several key areas.

Nail Yakupov emerged as another potent threat for the team and Justin Schultz provided the team with a skilled puck-moving defenseman, but overall, the Oilers didn't perform up to expectations.

The three biggest problems facing the Oilers in 2013 were physicality, defensive struggles and a lack of complementary forwards to fill out the bottom three lines.

Here are the solutions to the those three biggest problems that led to the Oilers' struggles in 2013. 

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