With the Oilers settling in to 30place in the NHL, there’s more than a little chatter about the competence of both GM Peter Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan.
You may recall, upon the occasion of their respective signings, that I cautioned Oiler fans to take a closer look at their respective records.
Of course, no one did, proudly proclaiming that both Peter and Todd both had track record that would immediately result in a bolt up the standings.
Peter was going to reproduce the success he had in building a Stanley Cup winner but I cautioned that much of his success in Boston was the dumb luck he had when Ottawa made a the wrong decision and let Boston have one of the most dominant defensemen of the decade in Zdeno Chara.
Yes, Peter made some good moves on his own but let’s remember it WAS on his watch that Tyler Seguin was traded and that he so botched the Bruins cap situation that he was fired.
His early dealings in Edmonton indicate he may still have some trouble in that regard since he paid too much in both dollars and term for Andrei Sekera who even Chiarelli himself says is a second pairing D.
That he has also vastly overpaid in the trade to acquire AHL defenseman Griffin Reinhart is another huge red flag.
It’s too early to tell if he has another Seguin arrow in his quiver but I would be very concerned about that.
I also attempted to warn Oiler fans that they should not expect miracles from Todd McLellan since his record with a stacked San Jose Sharks roster was relatively mediocre.
He inherited an elite team from the fired Ron Wilson and never got the Sharks to take a step forward.
It’s no surprise to me that the Sharks are on pace for a 96 point season without Todd which is more than the 89 points in his last season in San Jose with essentially the same roster.
After peaking at 117 points in his 1st season, the Sharks under Todd would see their points totals slowly dwindle to that 89 point finish that got him fired that season.
It appears he may have been the problem in San Jose.
I also recall that many Oiler fans were predicting that the Oiler PP under McLellan would match the success of the group in San Jose especially with all the high end talent he would have at his disposal in Edmonton.
Not so fast.
As of this writing, the Oiler PP ranks 20th in the league at 18.1%
The Sharks PP ranks 4th at 22.2% and only a smidgeon behind the league leading Capitals.
So much for that fantasy.
And, as the Oilers enter the final quarter of another dreary season, a couple of questions linger.
What exactly is the Oilers record with and without Connor McDavid in the lineup?
Who is going to be the new Seguin in Peter’s world?