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Boucher was hired this past offseason under new general manager Steve Yzerman.
At the time, it seemed like quite a gamble to hire Boucher. This was his first NHL coaching job, and although he had success in the AHL and QMJHL, could he handle the NHL?
Well, that's not even a question anymore.
Last year, Tampa did not even make the playoffs, posting a record of 34-36-12 for 80 points and 12th in the Eastern Conference.
This season, Boucher has helped the Lightning do a complete 180. They are currently 39-22-9 for 87 points and fifth in the conference. They could make the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Boucher has helped along players like Steven Stamkos, who once again leads the NHL with 43 goals. He won last year's Rocket Richard Trophy along with Sidney Crosby when the two tied for 51 goals. He is also second in the league with 86 points.
Martin St. Louis is 35 years old but is still a top player for Tampa. He currently has 83 points in 70 games and has already posted his fifth consecutive 80-point season and sixth of his career.
Newcomer Eric Brewer has also been a good addition. The defenseman who came from the St. Louis Blues has 31 hits through nine games and averages 21:13 of ice time per game.
In goal, Dwayne Roloson has been able to turn around his season since being traded from the New York Islanders. He was 6-13 on Long Island, but he has posted a 14-9-2 record with four shutouts since he arrived.
Boucher is currently the youngest active coach in the NHL. Last year, he won the AHL Coach of the Year Award as the bench boss of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
Prediction: Finalist. The Lightning have done the most complete turnaround of any team on this list besides the Devils. Furthermore, Boucher has proved that he can succeed at every level of hockey.