The Edmonton Oilers have named Jay Woodcroft the new head coach of their top minor league affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, on Friday. Woodcroft had spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Oilers where he worked closely with Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.
Woodcroft takes over from Gerry Fleming, who was relieved of his coaching duties of the Condors. The Oilers also announced that Tony Borgford would not return to the Condors for the 2018-19 American Hockey League season as their assistant coach and manager of hockey operations.
In addition to being an assistant coach for the Oilers, Woodcroft was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 2005 to 2008 and an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks from 2008 to 2015. While with the Red Wings in 2008, Woodcroft won the Stanley Cup.
It should be noted that Woodcroft was highly trusted by McLellan as he worked directly for him in San Jose and Edmonton. The fact that the Oilers have made some significant changes to their coaching staff should come as no surprise. This past season the Oilers and Condors both missed the playoffs. The Oilers were 17 points back of the Colorado Avalanche for a playoff spot in the National Hockey League and the Condors were seventh in the AHL's Pacific Division.