After watching the Los Angeles Kings celebrate a second Stanley Cup championship in the last three years, it’s painfully obvious how far away the Edmonton Oilers are from a party like that.

Just making the playoffs would be cause for much dancing here, which Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish certainly knows because he was the coach of the last Edmonton team to play a post-season game more than 2,900 days ago.

There is no magic bullet for MacTavish. He will continue the rebuilding effort with the third overall pick in Friday’s NHL entry draft at Philadelphia, barring an unlikely trade up to No. 1. It’ll be the fourth time in the last five years they’ve selected in the top three.

There’s a slim chance MacTavish could move the No. 3 pick for immediate help — probably on the blue-line — if defenceman Aaron Ekblad and big centre Leon Draisaitl are gone, but he would want a mid-first-round pick back to make sure he has a pick in the top 15.

The Oilers do not have a second- or third-round pick. They gave up their second-rounder in the David Perron trade with the St. Louis Blues last July and their third to get goalie Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings in January.

Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz are off-limits for any trade, but the longest-serving Oiler, centre Sam Gagner, is probably in play. He has two years left on his contract at $5 million a season.

MacTavish is fully aware of the NHL holes he has to fill: another puck-rushing defenceman; a third-pairing, tough-nosed blue-liner who can kill penalties; a big centre for the second or third line; and at least one or two third-liners with some offensive juice.

For now, he’s trying to improve the Oilers’ lot in life in the draft by maybe getting a player — Ekblad or centres Draisaitl, Sam Bennett or Sam Reinhart — who can play immediately.