And they all have the letter O in their names. Anything else about the obvious?
As it is a regular season's best coach award, I think that Roy will win it, but as a homer, Babcock should win it. With 421 man-games lost, losing their top-5 centers at one point, they made it into the playoffs.
Do you think not ever having won the Jack Adams increases your chances of winning it? 18 different winners in the last 18 seasons.
Yes. The studies that have been done in baseball bear out a very clear pattern of bias in favor of a new face for several awards, including MVP. Oddly enough, the MVP part is flipped in hockey; it tends to go in favor of a known player instead of an upstart.
Roy should and will win, but I'm as equally impressed with Babcock and Coopers jobs.
Hopefully Babcock will one day win it, but this isn't his year. I also don't see why people were surprised by the Avs. I know no one expected them to be this good, but they were setup for a breakout year this year.
It's close between Babcock and Roy, but I choose Babcock. The way he was transitioning Grand Rapids players to the NHL was incredible, and he didn't have a Vezina contending goalie like Varlamov or Bishop.