The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out. In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.
Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Jack Adams Trophy.
Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues
Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators
John Torotrella, New York Rangers
Who will win:
All three coaches did great things with their teams this year. One did one with a squad that should have succeeded, Tortorella, and two turned underachieving squads into playoff contenders, Hitchcock and MacLean.
However, only one coach can win take home the hardware and that coach will be the Blues’ Hitchcock. Hitchcock did not start the season with the Blues, he arrived 13 games into the season, after the Blues had amassed a measly 6-7-0 record.
When Hitchcock arrived the Blues never looked back. They went on a run that saw them win their first division title in over ten years with 49 wins and 109 points. They finished second in the Western Conference behind only the President’s Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks.
MacLean put together a similar story with the Senators. But the fact that MacLean had more time to get his team to buy into his systems has to go into account. Hitchcock came in, season already in progress, got his team buy into his systems and transformed them into the stingiest team in the league.
Hitchcock takes home the Jack Adams.