Each day until the NHL Awards show June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Jack Adams Award for coach of the year – Finalists: Patrick Roy – Colorado Avalanche; Jon Cooper – Tampa Bay Lightning; Mike Babcock – Detroit Red Wings
Will win –
People will say that Mike Babcock was able to coach the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit’s minor league affiliate) to the NHL playoffs, but that’s exactly what a coach is supposed to do. Granted, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were both limited to 45 games, but is a team with Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader really at a disadvantage?
Should win –
It cannot be understated that Patrick Roy took one of the worst teams in the league last year to first place in the division, third overall and a playoff berth. Roy coached one of the worst defensive units in the league, which was a secret to no one, and still was able to win 76 percent of the games (first place in the NHL) in which the team was outshot.
Do you agree? Who do you think earned the Jack Adams Award?