Dave Cameron is pretty good at developing players. I don't mind this at all
I think he'll be a good assistant coach but I question who's decision this was. I hoped that PM would be given free reign to hire the coaches he wanted. But it looks like Melnyk has made the decision for him.
Like I have said before, Melnyk wouldn't be trying to sabotage his biggest investment by recommending someone that he didn't think would do a good job. Cameron has been the GM/HC for the Majors, so he has been reporting straight back to Melnynk, so I reckon even though Melnyk isn't a "hockey guy" per se he'd know if Cameron was a dink.
Assistant coaches are rarely selected purely on merit, even Mark Reeds worked with Maclean in the past which is why he is in the discussion.
Cameron, who has been general manager and coach of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League the last four seasons, is on the verge of being appointed an assistant coach of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators.
“It’s just a matter now of crossing some T’s and dotting some I’s,” Cameron said last night at the Majors’ annual awards banquet at Stage West, adding that James Boyd, who has been co-coach of the Majors under Cameron, will take over the head coaching job of the OHL team.
Cameron, who has coached for 10 years in the OHL and another three seasons with Binghamton of the American Hockey League, told the audience there would have to be a major setback in the talks for the deal not to go through.
........ he had discussions as recently as Saturday with Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk, who also owns the Majors, as well as with the new head coach of the Senators, Paul MacLean, and also with general manager Bryan Murray.