Entering the final year of his four-year contract, the 2017-18 season will be a critical one for Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. His task next season will be even more difficult given that the Caps’ roster will not be as stacked as it has been the past few seasons.

Even if the Caps do not have a roster to win the Presidents’ Trophy, do they have the right coach to lead them deep into the playoffs?

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Hockey writer Sean Hartnett ranked the coaches in the NHL. Excluding Phil Housley, Bob Boughner and Travis Green who will make their head coach debuts this season, Trotz came in at 12th among the remaining 28 coaches.

Of Trotz, Hartnett writes “Trotz will once again be under major pressure in the nation’s capital. He’s entering his contract year on a team that has outstanding talent but continually crumbles under the playoff spotlight.”

Three other Metropolitan Division coaches were ranked ahead of Trotz with John Tortorella (Columbus) 9th, Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers) 7th and Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh) 2nd.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock came in at the top of the list. Check out the full list here and let us know what you think in the comments below.


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