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Trophy Tracker: Ruff, Montgomery in the Run for Adams as NHL Coach of the Year

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To celebrate the quarter-point of the season, NHL.com is running Part Two of its Trophy Tracker Series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the best coach in the NHL as chosen in a vote by the NHL Broadcasters Association.

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Lindy Ruff won the Jack Adams Award, was voted NHL Coach of the Year with the Buffalo Sabers in 2005-06, and could win it again this season with the New Jersey Devils.

A panel of 14 NHL.com writers named Roof the best quarterback during the regular season. She led the voting with 61 points (seven first-place votes) by one point ahead of Jim Montgomery of the Boston Bruins with 60 points (six first-place votes). Bruce Cassidy of the Vegas Golden Knights was third with 44 points (one first-place vote).

When the Devils defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Monday, it was their 13th consecutive win, tying the longest streak in their history (February 26 – March 23, 2001). The Devils (16-3-0) surged into the lead of the Metropolitan League, taking an eight-point lead over the second-place Carolina Hurricanes.

It’s a great start for the Devils, who have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in the past 10 seasons (2017-18).

straight ahead Jesper Pratt “We’ve grown a lot over many years,” said Rove, who was appointed July 9, 2020.

“I think the last couple of years before that, we were really young, we weren’t as experienced as we are now and I’ve said it before, I think the younger key players in our group have really taken a big step,” Pratt added. Big for us.” “Obviously it feels really good. He’s been a big part of the whole team and set the mentality of the whole group so we’re happy for him, but also excited to keep this going.”

The Ruff ranks fifth all-time in wins and first among active coaches with a record of 798-634-141 and 78 ties in 1,651 games with the Buffalo Sabers, Dallas Stars, and Devils.

“Lindy Ruff has coached many games in the best league in the world for some reason with many different organizations,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He’s had good stints in Buffalo, Dallas and definitely here now. I think in the fraternity of NHL coaches, he’s widely respected and certainly someone I look up to from afar.”

The Devils led young offensive tackles including Pratt, who leads them with 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 20 games, Nico Hischerwho ranks second with 22 points (nine goals and 13 assists), and Jack HughesThird place with 21 points (seven goals and 14 assists).

Raf has been great at helping develop the Devils players and has had an impact on his team as well.

“He’s had a tremendous amount of success over his career, and I kind of come in with my eyes open, trying to learn from him and how he does his job. How he treats people and how he deals with day-to-day things,” said coach Andrew Samra. Brunette, who coached the Florida Panthers for most of last season, isn’t sold on retail and joined the Devils’ staff on July 15.

“We haven’t seen so many slip-ups, but the way he handles different pressures and different people,” he said. “I really enjoyed being around him, learning, and I think we get along a little bit. I think all of our staff are learning about each other and how we do business, and it’s been really good so far.”

Total vote (points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis): Lindy Ruff, Devils, 61 points (7 first-place votes); Jim Montgomery, Bruins, 60 (6); Bruce Cassidy, Golden Knights, 44 (1); Peter DeBoer, Dallas Stars, 18; Dave Huxtol, Seattle Kraken, 6; Rick Bowness, Winnipeg Jets, 6; Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricane, 5; Todd McClellan, Los Angeles Kings, 3; Lynn Lambert, New York Islanders, 3; Martin St. Louis, Montreal Canadiens, 2; Don Granato, Buffalo Sabers, 1; Derek Lalonde, Detroit Red Wings, 1

NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen and staff writer Mike Morial contributed to this report

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