I do not like playing the what if-game, because it's not really what this draft is about, and am in favor of a hard limit for simplicities sake. But maybe we could lower the limit for coaches. I'm fine with the pick, but I totally understand if meow disagrees.
I guess I'd be pouting too if I were meow. He didn't get Z and he's also one of two GMs that already picked a HC under the assumption that Badger is ineligible. It's just awkward to start bending the rules more than halfway through the draft. Slippery slope. Next thing you know someone picks Michel Briere.
I guess we all agree that Johnson had a huge impact on the franchise, but that really is beside the point. If meow - or anyone else - wants to veto the pick I'm fine with that. And if he says it's ok to lower the limit for the coaches to 100 games I'm fine with that, too.
I'm pretty well convinced that Bowman and Bylsma are the two best coaches we've had as far as success goes...after that I think it stands to reason that there are 3 or 4 guys that are pretty close. Though I think Bowman and [undrafted] are the two best coaches for my team, I think this pick won't be a bad fit either given the penchant for two-way play my team generally has...
A close 3rd in games coached all-time, 3rd in wins, 3rd in points, 2nd among remaining eligibles in points% (6th overall), best remaining playoff win% (4th overall), one of the best, if not the best, post-game press conferences in franchise history, 1x Stanley Cup finalist, 3rd and 7th for Jack Adams in his two full seasons with the club...
If it's all the same to everyone, I think I'll suspend the 24-hour clock until December 27th at 9 am. That way no one is unfairly skipped in that time. Picks can still be made certainly, but there's no reason to have the clock on from Christmas Eve through Boxing Day like this...
mikey, just curious, do you mean two best coaches as far as our limits go, or overall?
I'm just going to pick the coach with (by far) the most games and (by far) most wins:
Eddie Johnston, HC
516 GP, 232 W, 224 L, 60 T
Given the make-up of my team, [undrafted] may have been a better choice, but I've always liked EJ. I think he does a good job with whatever he has to work with. And again, as far as longevity goes, nobody is even close.
EJ was a guy I certainly considered for longevity (as you said, it's not close). Would have been more inclined if he could have done something more with those teams that Bowman left him before it was too late. He's also more of an offensive guy (terrific with power plays I believe), which I didn't think matched my team as well. But he's right there in the running for #3 in my books.
Yeah I'm gonna need more time. I was going to pick EJ, but obviously cannot and I left my personal CPU with my research in Baltimore. Apparently we are heading back tomorrow now due to some storms and I will have my picks then. Sorry for the delay.
With pick #121, I'm going to pick a coach that will go against the style of my players, but is the best coach left.
Coach - Kevin Constantine
During Constantine's 2nd season, Jagr put up career highs in points and assists. The Penguins also ranked 4th and 7th in goals for Constantine's 2 full coaching seasons. He also won a division title, but won only one of 3 playoff series.
Dion spent parts of 4 season with the Pens, including a stellar 1981-82 season that saw him participate in the All-Star Game and nearly lead the Pens to a huge upset over the defending Champions from Long Island. Worth having on the team for his spectacular mask alone.
This guy was a well-known name in the O6 era, skating on line with the likes of Andy Bathgate and Gordie Howe. A quality two-way, complimentary scorer that did a lot of dirty work and could do everything quite well. Obviously, the Penguins got him well past his prime but he did lead all forwards in ice time in 1970 and was an All Star on merit that season. In 1970 (a team that was 2nd in the West), he led the team in goals by 30% and points by over 13% (26+25=51). He received Lady Byng consideration that season as well. The kicker - that I didn't even realize at the time - he was tied for 7th in All-Star Voting at LW at the age of 37! He was tied for 2nd on the team in playoff points as well that season (7, to the leader's 8). Further, he was t-7th in goals that year among expansion teams (t-26th overall).
His second season with us, he tied for the club lead in goals (21) and was 6th in points (38) in 69 games. That was only 10 points shy of the club lead and he missed 9 games. His two-year value might even rival that of my current second line left winger Greg Polis, I'll have to investigate further.