It seems kind of hard to believe that just over a year ago Edmonton was supposed to be one of the top young teams in game with a very bright future.
Funny the things that can happen in one year.
In that one year, they became the worst team in the entire league. Fans got more than used to seeing a very disappointed Pat Quinn call out his team on a number of occasions but the only thing they got: the first overall pick.
Offensively the team is more or less set with the number of prospects at their disposal. They have Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson ready to make the jump to the NHL and Canadian junior hero Jordan Eberle ready as well.
And when you add Riley Nash to the mix, the Oilers should have the tools to make a competitive team offensively in the coming years. But offense isn't enough. Like people say, defense wins championships.
With the exception of Ladislav Smid and to some extent Ryan Whitney (although he only played 19 games with the Oilers), the rest of the D-men who laced up for the Oilers this season were all minus players.
While this may be due to the fact that there was no chemistry with the constant line shuffling, the team is going to need to address defense hardcore this offseason.
While the Oilers may have the first overall pick at this years draft and looking very hard at Taylor Hall, I wouldn't be surprised if they moved down two spots to draft one of the highly touted defensemen in Fowler, Gudbransson, or Gormley to address a more pressing need on the back end.
Due to the team's serious lack of production this season, I don't think that a single player on that roster is safe from a trade. Every single name will be shopped around the league in order to make drastic improvements.
Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano who were once supposed to be the future of the team could be some of first to be moved along with longtime serving players in Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff.
The team needs to get younger and better and with the first overall pick at this year's draft, it's a good way for the Oilers to start.