The Edmonton Oilers announced Wednesday that associate coach Ralph Krueger will take over the head-coaching duties next season.
Krueger takes over a team that hasn't reached the postseason since 2006 or finished higher than 14th in the Western Conference the past three seasons. The Oilers have yet to reap the rewards of all those high draft picks, something Krueger feels will come to fruition with a detail-oriented approach.
"A winning culture grows out of a culture of excellence," Krueger said at a press conference Wednesday morning. "We're going to be extremely detail-focused. From the summer training that's going on right now, we'll communicate with the players as much as possible to support them. We want to be known as a hard-working team on and off the ice -- a very disciplined team. The winning will come as a byproduct of that.