Could Cooper bring his winning ways to the Oilers?

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Jon Cooper used to stand before the bench as a lawyer, now he stands behind one.

And if he used to defend people, nobody has to defend his record as a hockey coach.

Everywhere he coaches, he wins. Midget AAA in Michigan, junior in two different leagues, in the pros with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League. He’s a rising star.

Would the Edmonton Oilers ever hire Cooper? Who knows?

He grew up in Prince George, went to school in the U.S. on a lacrosse scholarship, worked on Wall Street, then got his law degree and opened his own practice, before hockey took over his life and he decided to do it full-time about nine years ago.

At the least, the Oilers should be interviewing the young bright coach.

The Oilers are keeping their coach search ultra secret, although one of the leading candidates, Brent Sutter, has not had an interview with Oilers since working the bench for Canada at the world championship in May. Oilers team president Kevin Lowe was Canada’s general manager.

Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger, who could very well be the front-runner because he knows the team and the players, is still waiting for a decision, too.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Could+Cooper+bring+winning+ways+Oilers/6778109/story.html


14 Responses to Could Cooper bring his winning ways to the Oilers?

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    In unrelated news. The NJ won’t forfeit their 1st pick this year. Seriously? Do they expect to win the cup next year? They must have a player targeted that they don’t want to pass on. odd. I suppose it beats selecting like 58th overall for their first pick.

    Also: Goldwarter is trying to block the Jobbings arena lease blah blah blah… ugh, just move the damned team to QC or Hamilton already.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      you forget 2 things

      1) the 29th overall pick in this years draft is almost always better than the 20th+ overall pick in next years draft. Obviously I’m talking about the fact that the pick from this year will be one year ahead in development and one year closer to making the NHL.

      2) NJ can choose to give up their 2014 1st round pick.

      NJ is betting on the fact that they should make the playoffs one of those 2 years, if they do and they had given up their 2012 pick then they would have made a huge mistake. Nothing wrong with keeping this pick at all.

      • Steven_Leafs0 says:

        why are these posts not writing to the ends anymore?

      • JoelLeafs says:

        It’s all relative. The player they pick this year will also hit free agency earlier.

        And yeah, if they make the playoffs the next two years they are also very unlikely to go as far as the finals.

        I think the smartest thing would be to try and trade for a 1st in one of the next years then give up their’s allowing them to still get a decent pick in each year.

        • Steven_Leafs0 says:

          They can’t do it that way, if they can they will just wait until 2014 and trade their pick to the Stanley Cup champs for a huge package involving the 30th overall pick. Or they could trade their 2015 1st+ for the 30th overall pick.

      • blaze says:

        Nope disagree. They will end up giving up a higher pick gaurateed now because of this decision if they’re lucky it will only be about 10 spots higher. It’s a gamble for sure that no one seem coming.

        However I don’t doubt Lou for a second. He refused to explain why he did but he has his reasons. Maybe it’s a goalie he’s very high on to replace Broduer? Maybe this is part of his plan to retain Parise by showing him he’s serious about winning now.

        • Steven_Leafs0 says:

          it is a risk, if they give up the 2014 20th overall pick then they made the right decision for sure. The only way this move is a terrible one is if they miss the playoffs 2 years in a row.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      If Parise walks and Marty retires they could have to forfeit a lottery pick which would be awesome. I love when other team’s GMs make poor decisions.

  2. reinjosh says:

    http://the6thsens.com/PlayerUsageCharts2011-12.pdf

    This is a pretty interesting look at how players are used in even strength play. Uses advanced stats and other stuff to shows how each player on each of the 30 teams is used.

    http://www.anguscertified.com/201112-player-usage-charts-fantasy-hockey-implications/

    A guy from DobberHockey has some pretty good observations (not specific to a single team).

    For the Leafs, what’s interesting is Phaneuf. When compared to big names like Weber, Chara, Lidstrom, Seabrook, he fairs very similarily.

    He face higher quality of competition that Weber, and is on par with Chara, Lidstrom, Seabrook. He gets about the same offensive zone starts as Chara, Seabrook and Weber but a little more than Lidstrom. When the Phaneuf is on the ice, the Leafs take more shots than they face, on a very similar level to that of Weber/Chara/Lidstrom as well. Sort of paints a picture that while Phaneuf receives a lot of crap from people, he’s very comparable in the competition he plays, zone starts, and shots on net differential.

    It’s an interesting document. Take a look (definitely read the explanation for it too).

  3. I bet they’re targeting Subban.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Why the F*ck do we have post moderation?

  5. reinjosh says:

    http://the6thsens.com/PlayerUsageCharts2011-12.pdf This is a pretty interesting look at how players are used in even strength play. Uses advanced stats and other stuff to shows how each player on each of the 30 teams is used. http://www.anguscertified.com/201112-player-usage-charts-fantasy-hockey-implications/ A guy from DobberHockey has some pretty good observations (not specific to a single team). For the Leafs, what’s interesting is Phaneuf. When compared to big names like Weber, Chara, Lidstrom, Seabrook, he fairs very similarily. He face higher quality of competition that Weber, and is on par with Chara, Lidstrom, Seabrook. He gets about the same offensive zone starts as Chara, Seabrook and Weber but a little more than Lidstrom. When the Phaneuf is on the ice, the Leafs take more shots than they face, on a very similar level to that of Weber/Chara/Lidstrom as well. Sort of paints a picture that while Phaneuf receives a lot of crap from people, he’s very comparable in the competition he plays, zone starts, and shots on net differential. It’s an interesting document. Take a look (definitely read the explanation for it too).

  6. reinjosh says:

    http://the6thsens.com/PlayerUsageCharts2011-12.pdf

    Check this out. It’s a pretty good compilation of how player’s were used this past season.

    Interestingly, Phaneuf compares quite favourably to Chara, Weber, Lidstrom.

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