NHL head coaches are judged on the bottom line.
If they are going to be successful, they have to teach, motivate, find advantageous matchups and understand each of their players' strengths and weaknesses.
It's often difficult to judge head coaches because of the disparity of talent throughout the league. Coaches like Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins piloted their teams to the Stanley Cup Final last year, and they are expected to have excellent seasons in 2013-14.
Based on expectations and performances, here's our ranking for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the top head coach in the league.