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Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will move the team's draft pick, but not too far

Craig MacTavish's predecessor, Steve3 Tambellini, had it fairly simple at the past three drafts:...

Craig MacTavish's predecessor, Steve3 Tambellini, had it fairly simple at the past three drafts: keep the No. 1 pick and take the best player available, from left, Nail Yakupov in 2012, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011 and Taylor Hall in 2010. (Perry Mah, Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

It wasn’t intended to be symbolic, the Edmonton Oilers holding their final media availability before the NHL Entry Draft in a basement, but you couldn’t help but notice.

Having been camped out in hockey’s cellar for far too long, the Oilers believe they finally ready to move up in the world, at a more significant pace than the 29th to 24th-place baby step last year.

“We’re out of the first row of tables in front of the draft stage, so that’s a start,” said Craig MacTavish, before heading to New Jersey for his first draft aas a general manager. “We’re hoping that in the very near future we’ll be well back.”


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