The best news for Oiler fans this week, despite today’s presser, was the hiring of Craig Ramsay as associate coach. In the first hours of discussion when the news broke, a lot of what we talked about surrounded the defense and power play. Makes sense, that was the reason Ramsay was brought in to help the team.
A secondary, but important reason to be excited about Ramsay surrounds the two-way forwards. Some of these kids were drafted with reputations that suggested there was another gear, they were more complete players.
Players I’m hopeful will improve or take a step forward?
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Ramsay played alongside Don Luce for most of his NHL career, and the Nuge has all kinds of skills that should help him be a two-way powerhouse center.
- Jordan Eberle: He can do it, but it doesn’t come naturally.
- Anton Lander: There’s a shutdown center in there, Ramsay may unlock him AND help him score a little.
- Tyler Pitlick: See Lander.
- Mark Arcobello: He’s good already, but I bet you Ramsay makes him better.