Scott Stevens was a three-time Stanley Cup champion, and one of the most feared blueliners in NHL history. He was someone who you all ways knew where he was on the ice when you were out there. If you didn’t then you found out exactly where he was about 10 seconds too late. Scott was one of the most fierce physical players of his era.
He will make his season debut on NHL tonight on December 7th at 6:00 pm Eastern. Stevens has previously appeared on NHL Networks on-air roster from 2015-2016 before taking an assistant coaching job with the Minnesota Wild during the 2016-2017 season. If you would like to see him be sure to tune in on the 7th!
I am a little bit surprised that Stevens was not offered another assistant or possibly even a head coaching position with another NHL franchise or one of their AHL teams after he was part of the Minnesota wilds franchise record 106 points and 49 win season last year. The wild finished 7th in the NHL in goals against per game with 2.51 and Brodin, Dumba, and Spurgeon all had a career high in points. I would think that a team looking to improve their young defencemen would be excited to reach out to Stevens. Honestly, a team like the Colorado Avalanche who have young blueliners such as Girard, Timmons, and Makar coming up the system might have been a great fit despite the New Jersey Avalanche rivalry of days past.
Do you think that Stevens will be with NHL network for a long time, or do you think that there is a chance another team reaches out to him and offers him a coaching position? I am excited to see him and his break down of various games and players as I have always enjoyed hearing how he viewed the game, but I would not be surprised after what he was able to be a part of with the Wild last season if he gets some teams interest, especially as we hit the mid-season to trade deadline time frame of the season as that is a point traditionally when many teams decide to make a change in their coaches or other front office personnel.