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NHL Trophy Power Rankings: Kane, Panarin Star

By Colin Likas
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Jan 26, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant (rear) instructs players during game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports /

team. 70. There was a lot — a lot — of discussion before this season on whether or not Julien would lead the rebuilding/retooling Bruins for a league-leading ninth season. Looks like it was a good call to keep him around, as Boston has surprised and currently holds the first wild-card spot in the East.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Claude Julien. 7

6. team. 94. He always loses a little bit of credit because of the core group of players the Blackhawks have, but the mad scientist deserves some props for pushing enough right buttons to get the team with the league’s shortest offseason into first place in the Western Conference at the All-Star break — and with a pretty run-down defensive unit.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Joel Quenneville

team. 19. The coach of the President’s Trophy winner will always get consideration, but Trotz is no puppet. Known for leading glaringly boring Nashville teams prior, Trotz has an offensive juggernaut in Washington working at peak performance, and he isn’t doing anything to mess with it. That’s one sign of a good coach.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Barry Trotz. 5

4. team. 87. This is his second season at the Panthers’ helm, and he has Florida at the top of the Atlantic Division. This team has a unique mix of young and old players, and he’s found a way to make it all work, most noticeably in a 12-game win streak before the break.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Gerard Gallant

Some Red Wings fans likely thought the playoff streak was over once Mike Babcock skipped town. But Blashill has taken a roster in transition and found a way to make it sing in his first NHL coaching gig, to the point where, if the season ended today, Detroit would be the Atlantic’s No. 3 seed. Nice work, Coach.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Jeff Blashill. 3. team. 72

team. 121. Yes, it’s the Pacific Division, but Tippett is in a unique situation. He’s leading a team that’s dealt with a contentious relationship with its city while also needing to utilize rookies and other young guns on a nightly basis. The results haven’t always been pretty, but 53 points in 49 games and a No. 3 seed in the playoffs is a great result so far.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Dave Tippett. 2

120. The Sharks had been searching for an identity the past few seasons under former leader Doug McLean. They decided to seek a new one under ex-Devils head DeBoer, and it’s paid off handsomely. On a roster still in some flux, DeBoer has helped the Sharks to second in the Pacific and a 16-6-2 road mark, better than anyone not named Washington. If the Sharks can keep this up, DeBoer is the running favorite for Coach of the Year.. Coach. Previous: N/Ath. Peter DeBoer. 1. team

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