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EDMONTON OILERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OFFICE CHANGES AND KEITH GRETZKY



The Edmonton Oilers announced some pretty significant changes Tuesday. The biggest of which is that Edmonton is moving on from VP Scott Howson and brought in, as acting Assistant General Manager, Keith Gretzky.


Gretzky is the newest name in a line of Boston Bruin alumni who have experience working with current Oiler GM Peter Chiarelli. Chia is working to remove the sins of the past with names he knows and the Oilers are starting to look like a Bruins team reincarnated. That said, Gretzky isn't just a familiar face. He has a history of finding some good talent in the later rounds of the draft — most notably, David Pastrnak with Bruins and some major hits with the Coyotes.

There is, however, some debate about Gretzky's track record. In a year (2015) where the Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton and wound up with a number of draft choices, they were heavily criticized for their draft selections. Having left more consensus picks on the board, Boston went off the beaten path and took some heat for it. Interestingly, most of the question marks they drafted seem to be developing. How instrumental Gretzky was in those draft selections, we may never know.

Gretzky started with the Coyotes in 2001, moved on to be their head scout and was ultimately let go, finding work in Boston. He was promoted to director of amateur scouting and must have formed a pretty tight bond with the Oilers new GM. Bill Scott, who previously held the Assistant GM position, will transition into a new role as the Oilers Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations.


Dellow and Howson Out



We've talked before about analytics and the stats guys versus old school hockey. Tyler Dellow was the casualty of that Oiler debate internally. It's difficult to tell how much of an impact this decision will have as we really have no way of knowing which advice the Oilers may have followed or not followed when it came to Dellow's recommendations. In fact, we have no idea as to the level of input Dellow was ever afforded. In either case, the Oilers believe that internally they have a handle on the analytic side of things, which remains to be seen.

The bigger news is the release of Scott Howson. The reality is Howson's release was coming and simply a matter of time. His experience is vast but questionable at best, being the architect behind a rocky tenure in Columbus as General Manager and the influential motivation behind the Nikita Nikitin signing . By every measure of the word, that signing was an absolute bust and you have to believe a big enough blunder that it was kind of a one-strike situation.

The Names In

Kelly Buchberger will now serve as Edmonton's VP of Player Development, Duane Sutter will be VP of Player Personnel, Edmonton has hired Andre Brin as Manager of Hockey Communications and Shawn May has been promoted to Manager of Hockey Communications and Media Relations.



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