Oilers must take number of steps to show they're on right track

Robert Tychkowski says the Oilers owe it to themselves — and Sam Gagner — to trade him to a bigger...

Robert Tychkowski says the Oilers owe it to themselves — and Sam Gagner — to trade him to a bigger team where he has more room to flourish. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

An eighth year out of the playoffs means another stretch drive to nowhere for the Edmonton Oilers.

But while the points don’t matter, aside from determining draft-lottery positions, there are still some very important issues that need to be addressed and examined over the final six weeks of the season.

With 22 games and a trade deadline left on the schedule, here are a few things to look for that might suggest the organization is moving in the right direction.

1. An Exhausted Ben Scrivens

The Oilers need to play Scrivens until he’s out of gas. If there are 22 games left in the season, give him 18 starts. Let’s see what he’s got. By the time this season is over, the Oilers need to know for sure if he’s their guy going forward. None of this splitting the starts like they always did with Devan Dubnyk, who never played more than 47 games in a season for an Oilers management team that spent five years wondering what it had. The Oilers also need to let Scrivens, wh


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