Fans and supporters of the NHL always seem to focus on the players, the wins, and which team reaches the playoffs. However, only a handful of them will look behind the scenes at the head coaches that lead each club. It’s for this reason that we decided to take a look at the current NHL head coaches and rank them from best to worst in the 2018/19 NHL season.
Joel Quenneville undoubtedly runs away with the number 1 spot as he ranks second in all-time wins and boasts with 3 Stanley Cups in only 6 NHL seasons. Even though Chicago is pillaged annually by salary cap restrictions, Quenneville has managed to build a dynasty for himself and his team, impressing with several All-Stars in his squad.
The Washington Capitals have managed to transition from a one-dimensional threat to a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference thanks to the system implementation of Barry Trotz. The Capitals provide a phenomenally deep line-up in every game, and the priorities that are currently in place by the Jack Adams winner has managed to pay dividends from the bottom to the top.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Through everything that the Tampa Bay Lightning team has endured over the years, Jon Cooper has managed to stay on course with two consecutive playoff runs. Although Steve Yzerman holds the keys, Jon Cooper does a fantastic job at running the bench.
Los Angeles Kings
There’s no denying that Darryl Sutter is considered a man of few words. However, with 2 Stanley Cups in the trophy cabinet since 2012, he doesn’t need to say much as that alone speaks volumes. Along with Dean Lombardi as General Manager, Sutter has managed to build a long-lasting contender when it comes to Southern California.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Even though the team of Mike Babcock finished in the last place, he still managed to make a significant impact on the overall system used by the Maple Leafs. His prestigious resume will undoubtedly get him into the Hall of Fame. However, grooming Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs into NHL superstars is the current task at hand.
When Lindy Ruff gets 12 more victories under the belt, he will finally move into the fifth position on the all-time list. Also, with a Central Division title, the Dallas Stars have managed to become a severe threat in the West thanks to the 18-year veteran running the show. The Dallas Stars have the most potent offence in the NHL. However, finding the perfect way to extrapolate the ultimate performances will determine the fate of the Stars.
Peter Laviolette is a seasoned veteran when he is behind the bench as each of his teams are always extremely difficult on opponents. He has managed to bring the Predators to the playoffs during both seasons at Nashville, and thanks to P.K. Subban, the Predators are now considered a serious contender for the cup in Music City.