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How Much More 'Rebuild' Does This Team Have Left To Go?

Earlier today I wrote a piece sarcastically proclaiming a banner year for the seventh consecutive season without playoffs.

Let’s get serious.

How much more ‘rebuild’ is left?

I don’t care so much when the rebuild started, you’ve got to look at the big picture and that’s seven consecutive years outside of the playoffs.  The league allows more than half their clubs into the second season every year, and somehow the Oilers have missed it seven consecutive times.

  • Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi‘s entry level deals will expire at the end of this year.  Hall’s the future, Eberle’s the gamebreaker, and Paajarvi’s begun to shed that AHL-NHL chain that’s been unfairly put on him by the club.  But for what?  The chance to have another lottery pick over the last few years?  Now Eberle and Hall will each be making six million dollars next year, and they haven’t so much as sniffed the wrapper on a playoff game.
  • The defence is still woeful.  I’m exhausted talking about it.  This isn’t a problem that fixes itself if you insert Oscar Klefbom next year.  With Justin Schultz (who has been very good), the Oilers could still very well end up allowing the most shots per game out of all the non-playoff teams over the last seven years.  This is my way of saying that the defence isn’t any better now than the death march of 2007.
  • Other than the first overall draft picks (and other various first round picks littered about this team), the only other thing I’m sure about is goaltending.  Imagine if he didn’t have to turn away 35 shots a night.  Dubnyk has a .922 SV%, which puts him at 12th overall in SV% among eligible goalies (tied with Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford, a couple of playoff goalies).  So there’s that.
We’ve been preached at, we’ve been told to be patient, and I’ve found out with a rare exception that fans are starting to run out of patience.
How much more ‘rebuild’ does this team have left to go?  Better yet, how has Steve Tambellini still at this team’s helm?

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