2012-13 Record: 19-22-7, 45 points
Where they finished: 3rd in the Northwest; 12th in the West; 24th in NHL
Coach: Dallas Eakins (1st season)
Key additions: LW David Perron, D Andrew Ference, C Boyd Gordon, D Denis Grebeshkov
Key departures: F Shawn Horcoff, G Nikolai Khabibulin, D Ryan Whitney, F Magnus Paajarvi
Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
David Perron – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov
Ryan Jones – Boyd Gordon – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth – Anton Lander – Mike Brown
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz
Nick Schultz – Corey Potter
Our take: The Oilers are still waiting to take that next step into the Stanley Cup playoffs. They haven’t been to the postseason since a memorable run in 2006. But if they do so this season it will be under a new general manager (Craig MacTavish) and a new coach (Dallas Eakins).
One of their first tasks was to add some toughness and a veteran presence to the lineup. Trading for Perron and signing Ference away from the Boston Bruins was a step in that direction.
But ultimately it is up to the young stars Edmonton has acquired – Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Gagner. Yakupov. None of them are older than 24. Yakupov, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, is just 19. Promising defenseman Justin Schultz is also 23. There is room to dream with this roster. If it turns for the Oilers it could happen quick – but not this season.
Offseason Grade: B
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: No.