Peter Chiarelli is doing his due diligence in regard to the head coaching position. Confirmation came today (via Terry Jones) that the new GM spent some time with one of the top options available this summer, Todd McLellan.
New Oilers GM talked to Todd McLellan. Headed to Scottsdale, Ariz for scouting meetings.
— Terry Jones (@sunterryjones) May 4, 2015
It’s important to find out the exact level of interest from McLellan, Chiarelli’s interest is confirmed because of the meeting. As a long time fan of the San Jose Sharks, I can say the thought of McLellan behind the bench is exciting. I’d be remiss without saying that Todd Nelson (imo) should still be considered for the head job because of his good work during the season. None of this really matters. Until Mike Babcock settles his situation with Detroit and signs or moves on, this entire process is one giant case of tire-kicking. We don’t have the entire field finalized yet, so we wait.
CHIARELLI AT SCOUTING MEETINGS
This is such an important draft, I would guess the lack of firings by management suggests some confidence in the newly-shaped hierarchy of the group. Bob Green is at the top, followed by Stu MacGregor and the scouts. Of course, Chiarelli will put in his two cents, plus there’s MacT and Howson and and and, well, you get the idea.
I’m sincere in saying that, in my opinion, one of the key players in this year’s draft—if management listens—might be our old friend Michael Parkatti. We spoke to him last summer about his model for predicting successful draft picks, and with the kind of talent available this season, Edmonton should get seven or more stunning opportunities to solve problems.
I’d spend every. damn. one of them on scoring forwards, but that won’t happen. If Edmonton can score on two players after McDavid, that’s a good draft. More than two and we’re smiling. Godspeed, scouts.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 4, 2015
Healthy and brilliant, Taylor Hall is reminding us about the elite talent already here before Connor McDavid arrives. Folks, this is bloody crazy, there is SO much talent here. I’m giddy.
Don't be swayed by the goals, Taylor Hall is selfish and the Oilers can't win with him. Or so some crazy people have told me.
— Ryan Batty (@ryan_batty) May 4, 2015
One of the true mysteries of my lifetime is how a bunch of Oilers fans decided Taylor Hall was the problem. When the Expos turned on Gary Carter, at least they had seven years of contention to blame on him. Taylor Hall is a brilliant young player just about to enter his prime. My WORD this is a great time to be an Oilers fan!
WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING (OILERS)
- No. 1: Taylor Hall 3GP, 4-2-6
- No. 10: Jordan Eberle 3GP, 1-3-4
- Matt Hendricks 3GP, 2-1-3
- Anton Lander 3GP, 1-2-3
- Oscar Klefbom 3GP, 1-0-1
Outstanding performances from the Oilers group—and remember RNH and Nail Yakupov were ticketed to go before being shut down via medicals—and a strong indicator that, if healthy, this team will have enormous firepower next season.
Can confirm Nurse headed to meet Barons for their playoff run. Still no decision from Matt O'Connor
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) May 4, 2015
This is good news. Nurse had a strong season in junior, let’s see if he can get into the lineup and make a difference at the higher level this spring.