Edmonton Oilers management has been much maligned ever since the conception of a full fledged rebuild has been instilled. It’s been met with mixed reviews from Oilers’ fans abroad. On one hand, everyone is thrilled with having Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov joining the orange and blue. But on the other hand, it’s been some lean times in Edmonton with more than its fair share of long nights.
Oilers plans have become clear that compiling high first round picks have been apart of the plan for the last three seasons. It shows in how Oilers management have done little to improve the current roster and have dedicated their best hockey minds into amateur scouting. The only question left to ask is how long with this charade go on? When will the Oilers jump the curb and start making a conscious effort to ascend up the standings? I feel the Oilers have another season of non-playoff hockey until they can acquire more forwards that can play with a tough minded, defensive conscience and a little more offensive speed on the defense. The offense should be fine for the most part but there will be those games that will crush the spirit of the young players. The faster they can deal with that individually, the faster the team can collectively become mentally stronger.
Steve Tambellini is on his 4th coach in his tenure as General Manager of the Oilers. He has gone through Craig MacTavish, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney and now is putting his faith in Ralph Krueger. Tambellini seems to be made of teflon in these parts, but I wonder how much more patience ownership has with him. Tambellini has to, at some point, show some concrete team progress. Being stuck in a perpetual rebuild is something no fan wants to be a part of. Ol’ Boys Club members Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish head up other parts of the hierarchy as kind of having the past Oilers mesh with the current and future Oilers. In some sort of odd conundrum, Craig MacTavish was rehired by the Oilers this past summer and now potentially could have a say in Steve Tambellini’s future.
All in all, the Oilers have set out a gameplan that has been, for better or for worse, executed. Now the question lies, where do they go from here? The talent has been stockpiled to the point where its overflowing, especially at the forward position. Will they know what to do with it all once the puck drops?