Former San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan will be named the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers this week, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The announcement could come as early as Tuesday.
The Oilers (24-44-14) finished with the third-worst record in the NHL. Edmonton played with interim head coach Todd Nelson and general manager Craig McTavish behind the bench after firing head coach Dallas Eakins on Dec. 15.
After finishing 40-33-9 in 2014-15, San Jose missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2002-03 season and fired McLellan.
McLellan spent the past seven seasons with the Sharks, leading them to the playoffs six times, winning three Pacific Division titles, with an overall record of 311-163-66. However, postseason underachievement plagued the Sharks before and during his tenure.
Since 2001-02, San Jose has made the playoffs 11 times and won their division six times. However, the Sharks only made it to the Western Conference Final three times and never appeared in the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, the Sharks have never even forced a Game 7 in the third round.
The Oilers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft and are expected to take Connor McDavid. McDavid is expected to be a plug-and-play center from day one and considered by many to be the best draft prospect since Sidney Crosby.