The Athletic Dallas’s Sean Shapiro penned a profile of Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who may be a candidate for the Dallas Stars’ vacant head coaching position:
The Key Questions
Nelson is very highly-regarded. With three current openings (Dallas, Carolina, New York Rangers) it’s hard to fathom a scenario where he doesn’t end up coaching an NHL team next season.
But will his style translate to the NHL? That question that will come up in interviews and ultimately be answered on the ice. Players have bought into Nelson’s system throughout his career, but he’s never had a full-season opportunity to install it at the NHL level.
Teams always feel like they’re taking a risk when hiring a coach without vast NHL head coaching experience, but Nelson could be worth the gamble.
Shapiro continues (paywall)…