Throughout NHL history, coaches have played almost as important a role as the players they coach in regards to success. With each victory, and each loss, a bench boss takes as much of the blame as the skaters they deploy.
The 2010-11 NHL Season is underway, and each of the 30 coaches face new and different challenges for the teams they head.
Some are NHL elite and the mark of consistency, finding a way to get wins regardless of the talent on the ice. Others have never coached a single game in history, and it will likely show. Here now, in reverse order, is the ranking of the 30 NHL head coaches starting this season.