Edmonton was one of the preseason favorites for the Stanley Cup, but the start of the year did not go well at all. They have lost 10 times out of 13 games so far and are second to last in the Western Conference with seven points.
The 47-year-old Woodcroft has led Edmonton since last February, when he replaced the retired Dave Tippett in the team around star forward Connor McDavid. It was his first job in the NHL as a head coach.
Kris Knoblauch talks to his charges on the New York Rangers bench
Knoblauch will also make his coaching debut in an overseas competition in Edmonton. The 45-year-old coach will renew his cooperation with McDavid, who led the league’s reigning MVP among juniors.
For Edmonton, Knoblauch, with whom former famous defender Paul Coffey will join the team as an assistant, is the tenth coach in the last fifteen seasons. And the fifth since McDavid joined the team in 2015.