New York Islanders Hire Scott Gomez As Assistant Coach
The New York Islanders brought in retired NHL player and former New York Ranger Scott Gomes as their Assistant Coach today. May he help this terrible power play.
The New York Islanders have officially announced that they have hired Scott Gomez as a new assistant coach.
There’s no word on what his responsibilities will be, but an educated guess is that he’s going to focus a lot of time and effort on the Islanders power play.
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In his 16-year NHL career, Scott Gomez put up 756 points with seven different teams across 1079 NHL games. Including a two-year stint with the rival New York Rangers.
He’s also a former Calder cup winner, scoring 70 points in his first year in the league. And is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the New Jersey Devils.
Which is exactly what Doug Weight was looking for his assistant. In speaking with Brett Cyrgallis of the New York Post, Weight had the following to say about his search:
"Weight said he had interviewed “eight to 10” people, and if it seems as if he’s leaning toward people with extensive NHL playing experience — just like himself — that’s because he is. “I’m not afraid to say it, it’s something I’m looking for and chasing,” Weight said."
A Stinking Power Play
So why the power play? Of those 756 NHL points, Gomez notched 255 points of them on the man-advantage.
The Isles can desperately use the help on the man advantage. Last season they went 35 for 234, giving them a 15% power play efficiency on the season. Good enough for 28th in the league.
Any help is good help at this point.
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Now with Scott Gomez behind the bench with the likes of Luke Richardson and head coach Doug Weight, the Isles will be lead by a group of NHL veteran players. Just like Weight wanted.