The Flyers made waves on Monday when they announced the hiring of Dave Hakstol as the 19th coach in franchise history, going with a candidate that wasn't on too many radars.
That's right. CoachWatch 2015 is over, and it ends with a candidate that you most likely have not heard of. The Flyers' new bench boss joins the NHL ranks directly from the collegiate ranks, with no prior league experience (sound familiar, Philly fans?)
It isn't often that the Flyers hire someone behind the bench that doesn't have some sort of familiarity with the organization. After all, their last two coaches from entirely outside of the organization were Peter Laviolette and Roger Neilson. Their last coach with no NHL experience as an assistant or head coach? Bill Barber in 2000-01.