NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The organization bottomed out in 2010 as the Oilers finished 30th in the League standings for the first time in franchise history. Rebuilding began with the selection of Taylor Hall with the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Despite having the No. 1 picks of the 2011 and 2012 drafts, the Oilers have not come much closer to snapping what now is an eight-year playoff drought.
Not wanting to break up his young core, Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish tried to augment his roster by bringing in veterans who he hopes will provide size and secondary scoring while his young stars mature.
In order for the Oilers to challenge for the playoffs, they’ll need things to come together quickly to keep from falling behind early in the season.
Here are three things that need to happen in order for the Oilers to have a successful season: