Former star hopes to add scoring touch

Craig Simpson hopes to teach Edmonton players to think the game and have a better philosophy in reading goalies.

Updated: October 17, 2003, 11:17 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Craig Simpson left the comfort of the broadcast booth this summer to become an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers and help them improve their power play, which ranked 19th last season at 14.5 percent.

Judging by the Oilers' 2-for-18 mark with the man advantage after three games, Simpson's task is looking like a tougher challenge. Unfortunately for the Oilers, they don't have any Craig Simpsons in their lineup. Simpson, who scored 75 power-play goals with the Oilers and ranks sixth on the team's all-time scoring list with 185 goals in 419 games, was an expert at deflecting and redirecting shots from around the net and getting into scoring position.

Although scoring ability relies mostly on natural ability, Simpson believes he can teach players to think the game better and have a better philosophy in reading goalies.