Monday, August 13

The Dauminator

Oilers hire Rob Daum (finally).

Over the last decade or so, it seems Rob Daum's name has been mentioned every time there was an opening in the Oilers organization. So it was hardly a surprise when they chose Daum to replace Craig Simpson today. Daum has had success at every level, including the WHL, AHL and as long time coach at the University of Alberta. He has held coaching and GM duties with Prince Albert, Swift Current and Lethbridge of the WHL and most recently coached the Minnesota Wild's top affiliate in Houston.

While it was good to see the Oilers go outside the family circle to hire a new assistant, Daum is not without his links to other members of the staff. Assistant Coach Billy Moores coached Daum as a player at U of A; and while serving as Head Coach in Lethbridge one of Daum's assistants was Jeff Truitt, who was hired as Assistant Coach to Kelly Buchberger with the Oilers top affiliate in Springfield this season.

Daum will be primarily in charge of game planning/scouting the Oilers opponents, and prepping the team accordingly. Billy Moores will continue his role in-charge of the 5-0n-5 preparation, while dipping into the special teams along with MacT. Charlie Huddy who was previously responsible for Daum's new duties, will now be freed up to spend more time molding a defence corps which, among the nine bodies, has four new faces and five players with less than 3 years experience.

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