The Edmonton Oilers have amassed the prized young talent a full-fledged rebuild is expected to yield, but they haven't converted it into a winning team to this point.
It's taking a little longer than other franchises who committed to such a path; the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Year 3 of their Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin eras, and the Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup champions in the final year of the entry-level contracts for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle finished their ELCs without a playoff appearance, but the fourth time could be the charm for the prized duo.
Edmonton traded its captain this summer, but Shawn Horcoff had been pushed into a reduced role. The Oilers added a potential top-six forward in another deal, acquiring left wing David Perron from the St. Louis Blues. They also obtained some needed experience on the blue line and a bottom-six center to win faceoffs and help the penalty kill with the free-agent signings of defenseman Andrew Ference and center Boyd Gordon.