The Edmonton Oilers are hoping to utilize the young talent they’ve got on their roster to end a playoff drought that’s lasted since 2006. With that, they’ve also added an experienced Assistant Coach in Craig Ramssay.
Ramsay commented on coming to Edmonton and helping the team become competitive again in a phone interview shortly following the announcement.
“We all know there’s been tough times. But they’ve developed some nice hockey players and some good kids. They had a great feeling about where they were as an organization and they believed that there’s a good, strong future. I’ve had to rebuild a few places and it’s a challenge, it’s hard and you’ve got to keep a strong mental attitude, you’ve got to stay positive, you’ve got to keep convincing the kids that they’re going to be successful and that it might not happen tomorrow. It doesn’t happen because you just suddenly want it. It happens because you’re committed to it.
“I know Dallas (Eakins) is committed. He was a committed player, he’s a committed coach and Kevin (Lowe) and Craig MacTavish are good, solid people and that’s the thing that really turned me on to this position.”