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Ralph Krueger will have to come out of the gates strong to help justify his selection as head coach.
There were plenty of established coaches available in the offseason when the Edmonton Oilers decided to promote a familiar face and name Ralph Krueger as head coach.
Krueger, who had been the defensive coach of the Oilers, brings a wealth of international experience to the position, and is a coach whom players should feel comfortable with already.
Unfortunately for Krueger, the expectations are starting to rise for the Oilers franchise and Krueger will have to find a way to utilize the wealth of talent that he has on his team.
Krueger will benefit from the decision of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to play in the AHL together for the Oklahoma City Barons.
If Kruger can help Nail Yakupov get off to a hot start, he should do a lot to silence any would-be critics.