Yeah the guy was definitely a leader and major competitor, that might be all it really takes for him to have an impact in that role, if he knows the game well enough he just has to collaborate with Payne who seems to be a guru for the fine details and match ups from what I've read.
I always liked Mellanby during his tenure here. Does he have any assistant or hell any coaching experience?
Why yes. I'm pretty sure he coached a successful squirt team this past season. Coaching 9-10 yr olds counts, right?
Seriously though, even though he doesn't really have much of any professional coaching experience, I'm sure he has a lot to offer the Blues. He'll be one of 3 assistants so I don't see a problem with him being inexperienced. Besides, he seems like a plenty smart guy and was in the NHL not too long ago so I'm sure he knows how practices are run, etc. The most important things he'll provide is his experience, his warrior mentality, his recent player experience, his knowledge of the game, knowledge of the current players, etc. I'm sure the knowledge gained by scouting/doing special assignments for the Canucks won't hurt either.
I like this move a lot! Scott is exactly the kind of hard-ass these players need barking at them. I think he'll do a great job ensuring everyone goes all out, all the time.
Technically, these are assumptions on my part. I just figure his coaching style will mimic the way he played.