I think it is safe to say that Dan Bylsma had one of the hardest seasons a coach could ever have in 2010-2011. With no Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin for half the season and the first round of the NHL playoffs, Bylsma was able to put together a working system which led to him winning the Jack Adams award for best NHL coach.
This season has been like looking in a mirror for Bylsma. With Sidney Crosby being out for 90 percent of the season you can definitely make the argument that Bylsma belongs in the discussion for the Jack Adams Award once again. Having Evgeni Malkin for the entire season has helped. I can’t honestly sit here and say that there is no other coach in this league that could have done the job that Bylsma has done in the last year and a half without arguably the best player in the hockey world in Sidney Crosby.
Not to be disrespectful to all of the other coaches in the NHL but it doesn’t compare to the job and record that Dan Bylsma has achieved without Sidney Crosby these past several months.
Is Bylsma a Jack Adams finalist? Can he take it home again this year? Voice your opinion here on Penslabyrinth or follow me on twitter @ DanHoblick to let me know what you think.