Lots of skill, youth and led by a guy the players both respect and fear. As long as Roy can keep the players' attention and get the best out of them, the team will be dangerous to all opponents.
I don't think they have what it takes to win in the playoffs, but the team is playing very well and surprisingly disciplined (to the system).
Having a hall-of-fame player as your coach, who never took any crap from anyone, and who brought championships to the team is never a bad thing either. I'm sure he understands what a goalie's perspective is in terms of team defense.
Roy has the team being willing to go through fire for him. He even has them believing in clichés like "One game at a time" and "We have to remain humble".
I was afraid Roy would be all fire and no substance but it's the opposite. He's smart as a whip and knows what he is doing at all times. Seems to have a very good hockey mind too, with how he has them play team defense and penalty kill.
Just listen to player interviews when they're asked about coaching.
It's almost always a subtle jab at how bad the coaching was the last couple of years.
They've literally said that a big difference this year is that they have a game plane. Like that's some revolutionary thing, ya know, planning for the game.
I still think they will come back down to earth. A this point though it doesn't really matter, they have set themselves up so well they can afford to slump a bit and they will still be in a playoff spot. Teams playing great right now, good for them and their fans. Avs will be a downright scary team in a couple years.