|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NHLThere are seven brand new coaches in the NHL for the 2015-16 season. These include three with no prior head coaching experience. These are coaches that should be rather interesting to watch this year.
Mike Babcock – Toronto
After winning more than 450 games and one Stanley Cup with Detroit, Mike Babcock is heading up north to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs, who are struggling with Phil Kessel's contract and considering what to do with it, have 66-1 odds to win the cup.
Jeff Blashill – Detroit
Jeff Blashill spent the last three years coaching the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Blashill has made the jump and will be coaching the Wings this year. The team has 33-1 odds to win the cup.
Dan Blysma – Buffalo
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Blysma, who won a Stanley Cup with the team but was heavily criticized for struggling throughout the playoffs in most of his years with the year, will be leading the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had the worst record in the NHL last year and are expected to draft highly-regarded prospect Jack Eichel. The Sabres have 100-1 odds to win this year.
Peter DeBoer – San Jose
Peter DeBoer has been involved in the NHL as a coach since 2008. He was fired by New Jersey midway last season and has only reached the playoffs once. DeBoer will replace Todd McClellan in San Jose. The Sharkshave 40-1 odds this year.
Dave Hakstol – Philadelphia
Dave Hakstol coached North Dakota's college hockey team since 2004 and is now the new coach for Philadelphia. The Flyersare only listed at 66-1 to win.
John Hynes – New Jersey
John Hynes coached the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2010 to 2015, reaching the playoffs every year. He will be coaching the New Jersey Devils, a team with 66-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup.
Todd McClellan – Edmonton
Although he has more than 300 wins with the Sharks, Todd McClellan was fired due to the team's lack of playoff success. McClellan will be coaching the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are listed at 33-1 to win although much of this is due to the high expectations for the team's presumed top draft pick, Connor McDavid.