Hextall: Hakstol Has Done Really Good Job With Young Players
In three seasons as Flyers Head Coach, Dave Hakstol has compiled a record of 122-86-38 with two playoff appearances. The organization is going through a period of transition incorporating their top prospects at the NHL level with the team overachieving by making the playoffs two of the last three seasons. Part of the reason the Flyers hired Hakstol as Head Coach was to help in the development of their young players; the 2017-18 season saw Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Sean Coulturier take major steps forward in their development.
Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall joined The Sports Bash on Tuesday with his perspective on the team's Head Coach:
“(Dave Hakstol) brings a real professionalism and a bit of a calmness to our group; I know one of the complaints has been he’s not emotional – If I’m looking at Pro Sports and who’s the best coach in Pro Sports, I think its Bill Belichick. I think it’s hard to argue that, I guess there are some other guys who are close but (Belichick) is a pretty good coach and he doesn’t have arms flying all over and yelling and screaming like a lunatic. So Hakstol brings professionalism….there’s no lack of competitiveness there, (Hakstol) has done a really good job with our young players – All our young guys have made progress and that’s right now what we want is our young guys to get better….That’s the direction we’re headed and we feel good about our coaching staff and where we’re at as an organization.”
Checkout what Hextall had to say about the 2017-18 season, the Goaltender situation, and expectations for this offseason