At the end of June, Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said the team would explore adding another coach to the mix. On Wednesday the Oilers announced that the search had ended as they have appointed Rocky Thompson, 36, as an Assistant Coach.
In addition to team and system adjustments, Thompson could focus on individual matchups and players. When Thompson heard what Eakins was looking for in his new assistant, the job description was right up his alley. What also made Thompson a prime candidate was his ability to teach and his experience in player development. NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and NHL Mobile name and logo, NHL GameCenter and Unlimited NHL are trademarks of the National Hockey League. Thompson previously served for four years as an Assistant Coach with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.
He’s 36 and has already built relationships with the players in the system, having worked with them in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City, Thompson would spend the first two periods of a game in the press box, communicating to the bench via radio.


He’d identify weaknesses on the opposing team or be able to let his players know what they were doing right or wrong on any given night. On game nights he will be in the press box, and although he has not defined all of his responsibilities with Eakins yet, he will most likely be doing much of what he did in Oklahoma City. It’s a family that Thompson is eager to join and in a role he is well equipped to fill. He’ll bring those assets along with his energy to Edmonton, a place he is very familiar with. I am a guy who likes to have fun, I can be very serious obviously but I always have a smile on my face.
He’d help with adjustments and provide a different perspective to Head Coach Todd Nelson and fellow Assistant Coach Gerry Fleming. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.
We have had a lot of those guys play with us in Oklahoma City and I have an advantage that we built a relationship down there and we’ve had a winning culture down there.


I hope to continue that relationship that there has been already a foundation laid in the past. Therea€™s not many nights Ia€™ve had to run in there and yell and scream and swing and kick things around because their intent or effort isna€™t there. As soon as we got one line going and they target (Benoit) Pouliot and (Jordan) Eberle and (Nail Yakupov) immediately, they score early. We need to upgrade in a lot of different areas, whether it is strength, size, but also skill level, quarterback on the power play and things like that. I know we are better right now, and I know wea€™re going to get better.a€?An injured Oilers club heads into a long All-Star Break following their annual Skills Competition presented by Rogers tomorrow at Rexall Place.



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