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Keys to the offseason: Oilers

The Oilers have Connor McDavid on an entry-level deal for one more year. How do they improve for 2017-18? Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire

The Edmonton Oilers took a major step this season toward being an annual Stanley Cup contender, defying even the most optimistic preseason predictions by coming within one win of the Western Conference finals.

It was an important season for the Oilers, who are now in a key window; they’re capable of winning it all, and have the flexibility that comes with stacking a roster while Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl earn entry-level money. That won’t last long.

Here is where GM Peter Chiarelli should focus to keep this Oilers team on track to win a championship: