Todd McLellan is a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy.
McLellan has been at the mast of the first Oilers team to make the playoffs since 2006. Granted, there have been some especially poor teams sporting the Oil drop over the past decade, but that shouldn’t trivialize McLellan’s accomplishment. Remember that year when Dean Arsene filled in on the Oiler blue line for a baker’s dozen? We’ve tried to blot that out too. God, the night terrors.
Edmonton finished this season with 47 wins and 103 points, good for second in the Pacific. It’s an improvement of 16 wins and 33 points overall. Not bad. Naysayers will shout that McDavid and Talbot did most of the legwork, and they’re at least partially right. They helped a little bit.
Vying for trophy supremacy is Toronto’s Mike Babcock (took team in toilet to first round playoff defeat) and Columbus’ John Tortorella (took team in toilet to first round playoff defeat.)
It would be fantastic to see McLellan get noticed for being behind the bench of the first Oiler club to make the playoffs since 2006. With that in mind, I’d be very surprised if Mike Babcock didn’t get the nod for Being In Toronto.