Some observers of the 2013 edition of the Edmonton Oilers might argue they would like to replace the majority of the team.
Granted, it was a disappointing season on most levels, but the Oilers do have a core of at least 11 to 12 players that should flourish in the coming seasons.
While some players did not have very good years, much of this was due to learning a new system in a comparatively short period, and playing in situations in which they were clearly overmatched for different reasons.
However, there were three players that were clearly disappointing in 2013, and the Oilers would be well served to either release them or find a reduced role for them next season.
Ryan Whitney, Ryan Smyth and Ryan Jones were the biggest disappointments on the Oilers roster this year. Smyth and Jones could be useful fourth-line players, but neither of them appears to be capable of third-line minutes.
While Ryan Whitney did contribute the second-most points among Oiler defenseman this year (not saying much with this offensively challenged group), his foot injuries may preclude him from contributing as an upper-tier defenseman any longer.
The following three players would be the ideal replacements for these skaters.