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12-27-2012, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Disengage View Post
AHL vets are essentially player-coaches. Take a look around the league and you'll see it.

Anaheim:Bruce Boudreau IHL/AHL vet in 91-92, head coaching in the IHL in 93-94
Boston: Claude Julien AHL vet in 92-93, head coach in AHL in 00-01
Chicago: Joel Quenneville AHL vet in 91-92, AHL assistant in 92-93, AHL head coach 93-94
Colorado: Joe Sacco AHL vet 02-03, AHL assistant 04-06, AHL head coach in 06-07
Columbus: Todd Richards IHL vet in 00-01, spent next season in Switzerland, AHL assistant in 02-03, AHL head coach in 06-07
Minnesota: Mike Yeo AHL vet in 99-00, AHL assistant 00-10, AHL head coach 10-11
Philadelphia: Peter Laviolette AHL vet in 96-97, ECHL head coach 97-98, AHL head coach 98-99
Phoenix: Dave Tippett IHL vet in 94-95, IHL assistant in 95-96, IHL head coach in 96-97
Pittsburgh: Dan Bylsma AHL vet in 03-04, AHL assistant 04-05, AHL to NHL head coach 08-09
Buffalo: Lindy Ruff AHL vet in 91-92, IHL vet in 92-93, NHL assistant 93-97, NHL head coach in 1997

That's over a third of the NHL current head coaches finished their careers as a veteran in the AHL or IHL and immediately (or close to it for a few) went into high level coaching. I'm sure having Morrisonn played a large role in McNabb's development last year (he was pretty bad to start the year).
Wow I always knew the veterans played a large role but that really helps put it in perspective. AHL vets have always been invaluable. They help the prospects and help win games. You don't think Chris Taylor played a huge role for so many Sabres prospects? Is it any surprise McNabb looks like garbage this season? Having a mentor type player on the ice is huge. If you're for development, you're for veterans.

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