Todd McLellan Named New Oilers Head Coach

The Edmonton Oilers have announced, today, that Todd McLellan will be their new head coach for the next 5 upcoming seasons.

The former head coach of the San Jose Sharks had mutually parted ways with Team Teal earlier this offseason.

During his past seven seasons in San Jose, he had posted a 311-163-66 record overall. He also led the Sharks to six playoff appearances, four 40-plus win seasons, three 100-point seasons, captured the President’s Trophy in ’09, three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Finals (2010, 2011).

He was also an assistant coach to Mike Babcock for the Detroit Red Wings and helped capture the Stanley Cup in 2008, as well as two President’s Trophies (2006, 2008).

Lately, he had also coached Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championships in Prague, leading them to their first gold medal win since 2007 by routing the Russians 6-1 and finishing the tournament with an unbeaten record of 10-0

The Oilers, winners of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, will have a chance at picking Connor McDavid at no. 1 overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. With such a highly touted prospect in McDavid and a great head coach in McLellan, things are seemingly turning for the better in Edmonton. This will be an interesting team to watch for the years to come.

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