The Los Angeles Kings are looking to improve their roster heading into the 2015-16 season, with the NHLPA announcing the club will be bringing forward an experienced veteran coach, and also opening the door to a potential head coach of the future, in Brian Shaw.
On Wednesday, the NHL announced the Kings have hired Shaw as the head coach for the 2015 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY, along with a few other candidates.
Shaw is in his fourth season as the team’s head coach and has led the organization to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including three Stanley Cups.
Shaw has a reputation as a hard-nosed coach who will bring a high level of intensity to the ice, and he will be able to recruit some of the younger talent in the organization.
Shah has been an assistant coach in the National Hockey League (NHL) for seven years.
Prior to joining the team, he served as an assistant in the AHL for three seasons.
He was a member of the Boston Bruins’ front office during their championship run in 2008.
“The opportunity to be part of this organization and to be able share in some of these things is just a great honor for me and a dream come true for me,” Shaw said.
“I’m excited about it.
It’s a big step for me to be back here and a big part of something that’s great.”
Shaw was a first-round pick (No. 38 overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior the draft, he was an assistant to head coach John Tortorella for the 2011-12 season.
He also worked as an NHL assistant with the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Shay was a finalist for the Stanley Cup in 2012 with the Florida Panthers, serving as the assistant coach with the team for two seasons.
After the Panthers, he spent four seasons as an associate coach with Los Angeles (2006-08) and Phoenix (2008-10).
Shaw will serve as an instructor of the game for the Knights, as well as the coaching staff, as the club looks to get back to the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
The Knights will be a team that will need to make some tough decisions heading into training camp.
With a plethora of young talent on the roster, including a number of NHLers like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, Shaw will need a solid veteran presence to make up for a number the club lost to the expansion draft.
Showalter and the organization hope Shaw can bring some stability to the organization and bring some consistency to the group.
“It’s really important for us to have a coach who is experienced and who’s going to be willing to bring that intensity to every shift and every game,” Shaw told NHL.com.
“And also to know that I’m going to play the game the right way.
That’s something that I know I can help in the future.”