In the early part of this season I picked Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators as the leading coach of the year candidate. He has done a wonderful job as the only coach in history of the Preds and has kept them in contention when they haven’t had a significant amount of talent. Today they are more talented than they have ever been, but are still exceeding expectations. Would you imagine a team with Martin Erat as top scorer could have the fifth best record in the NHL?
Trotz does not seem to be a candidate in the Adams Trophy race because of the tendency to pick the coach of the most improved team. Nashville is not the most improved team, as they did well last year with Trotz at the helm.
Despite the strong case for Barry Trotz, I think Ken Hitchcock in St Louis has been a better candidate.
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