Derek Laxdal happy for Todd Nelson’s promotion to Edmonton

Todd Nelson and Derek Laxdal talk before a pre-season game between the Stars and Barons. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Todd Nelson and Derek Laxdal talk before a pre-season game between the Stars and Barons. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

I spoke with Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal this morning after practice about Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson being named the interim coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Laxdal is familiar with Nelson’s work from their Edmonton roots. Laxdal is the former coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings — a WHL team owned by the Oilers — and Texas has already played against Oklahoma City seven times this season.

“I think it’s great for Todd. I know Todd personally being part of the Oilers organization and running the Oil Kings,” Laxdal said. “Got to see him a lot at training camps and as part of the draft. And got to go down there for the coaching seminars and did some work together.

“It’s good to see him get an opportunity. He’s been in Oklahoma City for five years and they’ve gone through a couple coaching changes (in Edmonton) and it’s good to see one of your fellow peers get an opportunity. He’s going into a situation where he’s going to run the team for the rest of the year and for him he gets a chance to show what he can do. He had a lot of those players play for him in Oklahoma City. Really happy for him and hope he does very well.”

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