NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The Edmonton Oilers were supposed to take the next step in 2012-13 and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since their trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. They came up short, and a changing of the guard took place in April when Craig MacTavish replaced Steve Tambellini as general manager.
Dallas Eakins then was named coach June 11. Since that time, changes have been made with the hope of ending Edmonton's playoff drought.
For starters, Eakins has given the dressing room a makeover. Although the franchise has a rich history highlighted by five Stanley Cup championships, Eakins wants the room to be more about the current players, a roster that's hardly short of talent.