Wild West: General Manager Ratings – Edmonton

Grant Campbell

2020-05-25

In part seven of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at future Hall of Famer Ken Holland who was the GM of the Detroit Red Wings for almost 22 years, the assistant GM before that for three years and the director of amateur scouting for seven years before that. He has been the GM in Edmonton for just over one year now.

Other than team records, we will only look back beginning with the 2009-10 season for Holland for trades, drafting and signings as I don't wish to write a novel.

Rating:

5: below average

6: average

7: above average

8: top ten

9: Exceptional

10: Perfect

Prior Ratings:

Bob Murray – Anaheim: 7.85

John Chayka – Arizona: 6.62

Brad Treliving – Calgary: 7.5

Stan Bowman – Chicago: 7.6

Joe Sakic – Colorado: 7.55

Jim Nill – Dallas: 7.225

Edmonton Oilers

GM – Ken Holland, hired May 7th, 2019

First category, winning:

Regular season record with Edmonton: 37W 25 L 7 OTL 2 SOL: 0.585 Win %

Regular season record with Detroit: 925 W 523 L 72 Ties 97 OTL 71 SOL: 0.618 Win %

Holland's winning percentage for the first ten years compared to the last ten years of his time as GM: 0.671 Win % from 1997-98 through 2008-2009 and 0.558 from 2009-10 through 2018-19.

Playoffs: The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup three times in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2007-08, and lost in the Finals in 2008-09. Detroit missed the playoffs the last three seasons that Holland was there. With Edmonton this past season, the team would be the 5th seed if the playoffs continue in the rumored 24-team format floating around.

Best result: Holland's best regular season was in 2005-06 when the Red Wings won 58 games and posted 124 points, but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Holland was named the GM in Edmonton after the end of the 2018-19 season. He inherited a great young nucleus in Connor McDavid (21), Leon Draisaitl (22), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (25), Darnell Nurse (23), and Oscar Klefbom (25). The prospect pool consisted of Kailer Yamamoto, Jesse Puljujarvi, Caleb Jones, Evan Bouchard, Tyler Benson, and Ethan Bear.

He hired Dave Tippett as head coach three weeks after being hired himself.

Winning rating: 7.2 (post-2009); 9.2 (pre-2009)

Drafting:

Since the 2009-10 season, Holland has drafted 88 players, with six of those in the 2019 draft for Edmonton. With Detroit being such a good team, most of the 1st round picks Holland would have were in the bottom half of the round un