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Dallas Eakins the right coach to lead Oilers: GM Craig MacTavish

Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish says he's optimistic about the future of the Oilers, but adds the NHL club needs to add a few pieces for next season.

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During his season-ending news conference Tuesday, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he is optimisitic about the team's future, but a few pieces need to be added before the start of next season. Edmonton finished last in the Western Conference standings with 67 points (Canadian Press/File)

Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish says he's optimistic about the future of the Oilers.

He says in terms of the development of the team, the Oilers are closer to the end than they are to the beginning.

MacTavish held a season-ending availability today after Edmonton closed out its regular season in last place in the NHL’s Western Conference standings with 67 points.

He says he's convinced that head coach Dallas Eakins is the right coach to lead the Oilers to more successful times.

MacTavish also says the Oilers need a few pieces for next season, adding he'd like to bring in a high-end defenceman.

Edmonton has a 14.2 per cent chance of winning the NHL draft lottery.

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