There has been already a couple of in season firings this season across the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers decided to fire Head Coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday. Ken Hitchcock will take over as the head coach for Edmonton.
Hitchcock is coming out of retirement at the age of 66 years old. McLellan was in his fourth season as the Oilers coach. His record with them was 123-119-24. He led them to the postseason in the 2015-2016 season. They were the number two seed in the Pacific Division that season. Edmonton lost in seven games in the second-round against the Anaheim Ducks.
After that season, General Manager Peter Chiarelli decided to get rid of some key role players like Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle. It hurt Edmonton the next season and it has hurt them this season. Chiarelli is the one responsible for this mess right now and not McLellan. Mark Letestu was also traded at the trade deadline last season to the Columbus Blue Jackets and he was also a part of the Oilers success in 2015-2016.
Todd McLellan is being the scapegoat for Chiarelli’s problems. The Edmonton Oilers record so far this season is 9-10-1 with 19 points. They have scored 57 goals so far this season, but they have given up 66 goals. Edmonton is currently in sixth place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers have lost their last six out of seven games.
Other than Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, they have a terrible roster and their no depth on it. Those three players have 28 goals scored. The rest of the roster has a combined 29 and that is very alarming.
Depth has been a major concern for this team and in order to win a Stanley Cup, teams must rollout three to four solid lines.
Peter Chiarelli has not drafted well at all and that is also why the Edmonton Oilers are a mess. Connor McDavid must carry this team night in and night out. When you pay someone 11 million a year, it is vital to draft well and get him the help he needs.
When Edmonton misses the postseason again this year, the franchise will need to look in the mirror and realize what the real problem was. Ken Hitchcock will not be able to get the most of his team.
Chiarelli has been with the Edmonton Oilers since 2015 and his seat must be warm right now. They should get rid of him at the end of the season. He messed up something good after the 2016-2017 season.
Peter Chiarelli panicked because Edmonton lost the series in the second-round and he felt like he needed to make massive changes. Instead, Chiarelli should have kept the same roster he did that season.
I have told many people that Todd McLellan being fired as the head coach in Edmonton is unfair. McLellan was given a terrible roster to work with and Chiarelli set him up to fail. He probably thought because Connor McDavid was around, he could carry this team night in and night out and it doesn’t work like that. If the Edmonton Oilers don’t make the necessary changes in the near future to help McDavid, they will be waste his prime years even though he is 21 years old.
– Glenn Kaplan, WTF Sports Contributor
Edited by Scott Edwards