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Things could have been much different had Craig MacTavish made a significant move.
When Craig MacTavish was hired as the new general manager in Edmonton, it signaled a change in direction.
MacTavish then executed a shrewd trade in offloading the underperforming Magnus Paajarvi for David Perron (who turned out to be one of the best Oilers in 2013-14).
However, MacTavish failed to make any bold moves to improve the roster.
There are plenty of assets in Edmonton that could net a healthy return. Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom are only a few that MacTavish could have considered trading in order to fill some immediate needs on the team.
Nothing materialized, and the areas of weakness, namely defense and forwards with size, were exposed repeatedly over the course of the year.
If MacTavish would have traded a player such as Eberle for a legitimate No. 1 defender who could match up against top opponents, the Oilers may not have been much better, but they would have been in a better place going forward.
Essentially, the team is in the exact same position as it was last year, with MacTavish facing tough decisions this offseason.