Oilers promote Howson to VP of player development

The Edmonton Oilers are promoting him from his scouting and advisory role to Vice President of Player Development, the position previously held by Kelly Buchberger.

"I started talking to Peter about it three weeks ago and I really think it's going to be critical for the organization to develop its own players," said Howson, who was at the draft in Chicago and is part of the management team overseeing Development Camp in Jasper.

"We've seen what's happened in the Pittsburgh the last couple of years, they've brought in players like Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackl. Jake Guentzel had a huge role this year. And as our team matures it's going to be really important for us to bring in younger players who can fill roles and contribute to winning."

Howson has been with the Oilers for 17 years in various roles, including five years as assistant GM under Kevin Lowe from 2002 to 2007, a tenure that included Edmonton's run to cheap panthers jerseys the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

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After an unsuccessful stint as GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, he returned to the Oilers in 2013 as Vice President of Hockey Operations under a reorganization that saw Craig MacTavish appointed GM.

While the previous management team that has all but been replaced by Bob Nicholson, Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan, Howson's ability to analyze and nurture young talent is clearly respected by the new brass.

"I did some pro scouting last year and as this opportunity came up Peter thought of me," said Howson. "The relationship has been good, it's progressed and I'm looking forward to the new opportunity here."Oilers sign Keegan LoweWickenheiser guest coach at Oilers development campOilers stay out of free agency frenzy

Howson will watch, evaluate and guide Oilers draft picks who are still with their college, junior or European teams so they are better prepared when they reach the Oilers system.

"During the season it's about monitoring the kids who are outside our control, who aren't in Bakersfield. Kids who are in college or playing Junior. I'll do a trip to Europe.

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"It's Cheap New Orleans Saints Jerseys In Wholesale Price really making sure that we're in front of them, we're talking to their coaches, we're monitoring them, putting out fires if that has to happen, and giving them clear and honest Cheap hockey Jerseys feedback about what they need to do to get to wear the Oilers jersey."

The position will serve to not only provide players with feedback from the big team, it will let them know they haven't been forgotten.

"They honestly and really believe that they're working hard, and they are, but then you get to see what some of the other players do," he said. "That's the benefit of going to an NHL camp you get to work out alongside an NHL player, or skate with them and hopefully it pushes you to be better."

Prospect development, which had long been a black hole during Edmonton's lean years, is now a priority. With Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl about to chew up almost 30 per cent of Edmonton's salary cap, it's absolutely vital that the Oilers are able to balance out their roster to quality players on entry level deals.

"The younger players don't make the bigger money yet so you have to get some of them onto your team if you're going to have success when you start paying your stars the big money," said Howson. "Everybody is looking for a new edge and this is an area where teams are putting a lot of resources into because, as we've seen, it's become critically important."

This NFL Carolina Panthers Jerseys Cheap Free Shipping shift comes at a time when Edmonton's crop of young talent has never been deeper.

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