Ken Hitchcock Named Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers

By Sam Blazer on November 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm
Ken Hitchcock looks on from the bench over his players for the Dallas Stars.
Jerome Miron – USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers have a new head coach after firing Todd McLellan, and it's a familiar name for Columbus Blue Jackets fans. 

Ken Hitchcock has been named acting head coach of the Oilers and will get a big opportunity to right the ship. They, of course, have generational player Connor McDavid at their disposal. 

Hitchcock is known as a defensive-minded coach and someone who at his best is able to make great players into more complete forms of themselves. Hitchcock's teams are built on structure and a stifling defensive system, which is something the Oilers could benefit from.

Hitchcock has coached the Dallas Stars (twice), St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Blue Jackets and now the Oilers. 

He has also coached in over 1,500 games in his career with one Stanley Cup on his resume (1999, Dallas) and eight division titles. The resume doesn't lie, but more systematic issues seem to be the cause for concern for the Oilers, the coaching may be the least of their worries.

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