BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish expects a quiet offseason compared to what he has gone through in previous summers because he said he has seen enough positives this season to believe the rebuild is moving along in the right direction.
MacTavish said this Tuesday knowing the Oilers recently lost seven consecutive games and are last in the Western Conference and 29th in the NHL, in front of only the Buffalo Sabres. Edmonton has 50 points through 70 games, which is nine points fewer than it had through 70 games last season.
"I know people question where the team is right now because of the fact that we have been here for quite some time, but really for me it looks like it's changing and turning around," MacTavish said at the NHL general managers' meetings. "I think it'll turn quickly once we get maybe another year of development under our belt with some of the guys like [Darnell] Nurse and [Leon] Draisaitl and [Oscar] Klefbom.