"Wins and losses do mean everything because if you develop your players in a winning environment, then they take that attitude with them wherever they go," said McGill, the second-year coach of the Rangers' AHL affiliate. "They don't accept losing. They don't accept mediocrity. Those are leadership qualities. And if you want players in your system, or players at the NHL level, to help you win, you're going to have to have leadership qualities."
"When you take the fast guy that doesn't have hockey sense, a good coach against him can eliminate the speed. And once you've eliminated the speed, you've eliminated the guy," Schoenfeld said. "If you can think the game and you've got character — that includes courage and putting it on the line for your teammates — you've got a guy that you can mold into a pretty darn good hockey player."