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State of the Rebuild: Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have some great young players on the team, like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. When will they get back to the playoffs? Jeff Vinnick/NHL/Getty Images

This is the third installment of our new series at ESPN Insider called "State of the Rebuild." We take a look at NHL organizations building for the future, analyzing their path to eventual success by my analysis of their players and discussions with people around the league. Each examination also includes a recap of how the club got where it is today, along with key strengths and remaining weaknesses.

How could we do a series on rebuilding teams without eventually getting to the Edmonton Oilers?