After three Stanley Cups and 10-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville was relieved of his head coaching duties on Nov. 6, 2018 that signaled the end of an era nobody in Chicago will ever forget.
As his replacement, the Blackhawks handed the keys to 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton, who had no previous coaching experience in the NHL but had been a head coach in Sweden for four years and then again for the Rockford IceHogs for a year.
Colliton's top priority when he took over the team was to fix a power play that had been near the basement in the NHL. It took some time and patience, but it has turned into a lethal weapon for the Blackhawks.
Since Dec. 18, no team has been better on the power play than the Blackhawks, who are 19-for-48 for a conversion rate of 39.6 percent. It ranks eighth overall at 23.3 percent since he took over on Nov. 6. He can check that box off.
The penalty kill, on the other hand, remains a work in progress. It ranks dead-last this season at 74.1 percent and hasn't gotten any better under Colliton.
At 5-on-5, the Blackhawks have a minus-18 goal differential since he took over, which ranks 28th. That's certainly an area they need to improve in also.
The one thing that hasn't been a problem this season is the Blackhawks' compete level. They've been in a bunch of close games, but don't have the personnel to get over the hump because they're relying too heavily on their top guns.
They're bought in to what Colliton is selling and have adjusted to the adjustments in the system he has installed. But the head coach isn't satisfied with where they're at, and that's what ultimately matters.
"I would like to be better," Colliton said. "I think I can do better and I will do better. We're not where we want to be. Told the guys a few times, as a staff, we're going to be relentless in trying to improve because we want to be at the top of the league, not where we are."