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Todd Nelson’s Coaching Style Working In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

You can talk about getting rid of the stand-around practices where Eakins drew up stuff on the board, bringing back the ping pong table, reorganizing the power play, the regular stats and the fancy stats, dollars or donuts, to me it comes down to one thing.

Confidence.

Eakins took it away.

Nelson instills it.

Look down the Oilers lineup and you can easily identify the three players Nelson has most managed to give the gift of confidence to in his first 23 games behind the bench.

• Nail Yakupov.

• Anton Lander.

• Oscar Klefbom.

You could even count, to some degree, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

And there’s even evidence that before long Justin Schultz might get back to where he was when he showed up to play for Nelson in Oklahoma City during the latest lockout.

read on

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