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Early Jack Adams Award Prediction

The Jack Adams Award is awarded at the end of each season to the Head Coach that has contributed the most to their team’s success.

Here are the four Head Coaches that lead the way in the race thus far.

Phil Housley: Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have not made the playoffs since the 2011 Playoffs when they were eliminated by Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, and have finished last in the Atlantic Division four times in the last five years.

This season Buffalo has shown some promise after a fairly active off-season, and sit fifth in the Atlantic Division with a record of 23-16-6, just one point from the second Wild Card Spot in the Eastern Conference.

Head Coach Phil Housley has done a tremendous job with the young talent he has been supplied, and as of right now has made a step in the right direction from dead last in their division.

Bill Peters: Calgary Flames

After missing the playoffs last season, the Flames had an active off-season, which included trading Dougie Hamilton in return for Noah Hanifin, and signing veteran goal scorer James Neal.

In his first season behind the bench for Calgary, Bill Peters has the Flames playing extremely well, and have to be considered to be contenders as they currently sit first in the Western Conference with a record of 30-13-4.

The Flames have not made it past the second round of the playoffs since their 2004 Stanley Cup appearance where they were defeated by Tampa Bay in seven games.

Jon Cooper: Tampa Bay Lightning

In his seventh season as Head Coach of Tampa Bay, Jon Cooper has this team looking yet again like the Stanley Cup favorites.

The Lightning are on fire right now in first place in the league with a record of 35-9-2, and the best goal differential by sixteen goals with a differential of plus-56.

Cooper has led the Lightning to four playoff appearances in the last five seasons, being swept by Montreal in the first round, losing to the Penguins, and Capitals in the Conference Finals 4-3, and losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.

In my opinion, this is the most dominant Tampa Bay team in the Stamkos, Cooper era; however there is a lot of hockey left to be played and finishing first in the NHL at the end of the regular season guarantees nothing.

Barry Trotz: New York Islanders

After coaching the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup last season, Barry Trotz became the New York Islanders Head Coach.

The Islanders have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons, and appeared to have not much of a bright future ahead with franchise player Tavares signing with Toronto.

However, Trotz has given this Islanders team a boost, and after a shaky at best to start the season, New York has gone 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and now hold the first Wild Card Spot in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 25-15-4.

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Cooper: www.NHL.com

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Housley: www.startribune.com

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