Mike Johnston our next head coach.
I know nothing about this guy at all.
I'm not going to pretend I know anything about a juniors coach but from listening to his interviews/press conferences there are things I really like about his philosophies.
1.) Not afraid to play youth.
He coached Derrick Pouliet in Juniors at Portland, and plans to play him next year when he returns from shoulder surgery (as he is probably the heir apparent to Paul Martin). Suffice to say I don't expect to see the Rob Scuderi's of the world playing over the Simon Despres' of the world.
2.) He emphasizes puck support and puck possession.
Good riddance stretch pass. Good riddance dump and chase. Good fucking riddance "get to our game." Seems to realize the need to re-group to beat traps and enter the zone with speed.
3.) Understands that volume of shots are key, and shots from the point are underrated.
I'll be the first to admit that Corsi is a flawed statistic, but you will never be able to convince me that there is a such thing as a bad shot on goal, especially in the postseason. Anyone who watched the finals realizes this.
4.) Shoot the puck and drive the net.
This speaks for itself.
5.) He is an X's and O's guy, not afraid to make in game adjustments.
He also prefers a "run and gun" style. Who knows if this works at the NHL level. Who knows if this works in the postseason. But there more and more I hear him speak, the more I think it is a step in the right direction. Now it's up to Rutherford to fill out that bottom six.