Oilers tap assistant Krueger as new coach



EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have promoted assistant Ralph Krueger to head coach.

Krueger spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Tom Renney, whose contract was not renewed after the Oilers finished 29th in the NHL last season with a 32-40-10 record.

General manager Steve Tambellini made the announcement Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Krueger played and coached in Europe and was coach of the Swiss national team from 1997-2010. He coached the Swiss team in 12 world championships and three Olympics.

Edmonton is hoping to turn around its fortunes after having the top draft pick the last three years. The Oilers selected speedy Russian forward Nail Yakupov with the top pick in last week’s draft after picking forwards Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the previous two years.