Report: Edmonton Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger to get top job

Wednesday June 27th, 2012

Multiple outlets are reporting that associate coach Ralph Krueger will be named Edmonton Oilers head coach on Wednesday morning.

Krueger, 51, will succeed Tom Renney, who was fired in May despite securing the top pick in the draft for two straight seasons (read: he had the worst team in the league during his tenure). The Oilers also earned another No. 1 overall pick just before Renney was hired.

A Winnipeg native, Krueger arrived in Edmonton after 13 years as head coach of the Swiss national team. He has no other NHL playing or coaching experience. The Oilers have selected three straight forwards at the top of the draft and are expected to make a push to sign Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz, who did not sign with the team that drafted him and is now an unrestricted free agent. Adam Kimelman of says that many scouts believe that Schultz is the best player in the world not in the NHL.

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