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New York Islanders Barry Trotz Favorite For Jack Adams

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 5-1 to qualify for the playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 5-1 to qualify for the playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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After polling various Staff Writers, NHL.com came to the conclusion that New York Islanders Head Coach, Barry Trotz, is the favorite for the Jack Adams.

What Barry Trotz did with the New York Islanders this year is one of the more impressive things an NHL coach has done in quite some time. As a result, NHL.com polled their writers and found that Barry Trotz is the favorite for the Jack Adams.

This award is given to the best coach of the year. It really comes as no surprise that the Islanders bench boss was the favorite for this award.

Just over nine months ago, the New York Islanders lost their captain in free agency. They entered the 2018-2019 season with very little expectations and have exceeded any and all reasonable expectations.

After allowing the most goals in the league last year Barry Trotz said he would clean up their defense. Well, the Islanders went from worst to first in that category allowing just 196 goals this year for the fewest in the league.

Additionally, the Isles goalies have gone from worst in the league to best in the league in just one year. Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss are both top-five in save percentage and could be fine starters come playoff time.

Brock Nelson’s emergence as a 50 point player is also noteworthy from Barry Trotz. Finishing with 103 points seemed like a pipe dream before the season started. Now, it’s a reality and the Isles have home-ice advantage to boot.

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