After leading the Islanders to a surprisingly successful regular season which culminated in a playoff berth, Barry Trotz has been named one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams award, the NHL's coach of the year honor.
Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper and St. Louis' Craig Berube are the other finalists.
Last year, the Islanders went 35-37-10 and missed the playoffs by 17 points. They then lost their star player and captain John Tavares as he went home to play for the Maple Leafs.
After winning the Stanley Cup with Washington, the Capitals decided not to bring Trotz back after his contract expired, promoting assistant Todd Reirden to head coach. So Trotz fell into the laps of new GM Lou Lamoriello and the Islanders, whose expectations were low entering the season.
Trotz developed the Islanders' young players, got all of his players to fully commit to his system and led a team which allowed the fewest goals in the NHL one season after they allowed the most in the league.
The Islanders finished the regular season with a 48-27-7, the fifth-best record in the NHL. The 103 points were the most the Islanders had since 1983-84, when they had 104 points. And now the Islanders are in the second round of the playoffs.