This is Todd Richards. He’s an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks and is among a large group of men who have been associated with the Edmonton Oilers coaching situation.

It’s not known if any individual has been contacted (although Marc Crawford is clearly interested) formally, but the process has clearly begun in the media.

Both dailies and the blogs are full of names and discussions about these coaches, but what do they bring that makes them special? What in their resume makes them obvious candidates?

My own preference is for a coach with NHL experience who can be in place well before the draft. This person would have had success as a head coach at some level of pro and perhaps have a reputation of being a “button down” type–which is to say more pitching than hitting.

Brent Sutter seems to be the most popular choice, with Pat Quinn, Crawford, Tom Renney and many others in the mix.

I’d like to discuss what these men specifically bring to the table in regard to the Oilers. So, we’re going to look at these men one by one and answer the questions we’re able to based on the information in front of us.

We begin tomorrow with Don Lever in a box.

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