Craig Ramsay has been around the NHL block. After a long playing career with the Buffalo Sabres, Ramsay broke into the coaching ranks following retirement. He has made stops in seven cities in either an assistant, associate or head coaching capacity.
His next stop is Edmonton, where he was named as the team’s new assistant coach on Tuesday.
Even after a long career, Ramsay still brings a new-age approach to the game. It is one of the many reasons the Oilers wanted to bring him in.
“I think that’s why he’s so well-respected,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He’s up-to-date, he’s a sought after coach and when we got into the talks, the thing that really struck me with him was how aggressive he likes to see the game played. That is something that we want to take another step at. It fits right in with my philosophy and the way we’re going. A lot of times when you pick up a much older coach, it’s that same-old defensive way of playing and that’s not the case with Craig. Craig wants to play an extremely aggressive game, an exciting game and if you’re watching the NHL playoffs that’s what is going on now.”
In addition to his up-to-date philosophies, it is also his teaching abilities that are expected to make an impact in Edmonton.
“His teaching abilities are incredible,” Eakins said. “That’s something that with our group that we greatly need. His dealings with the players are very personal, a lot of one-on-one interaction which I think is extremely important. It turned into an easy decision with the other candidates that were out there.”