Guy Boucher was a hot commodity in the coaching ranks, but it was the vision of Steve Yzerman that meshed with Boucher's unique coaching style.
Boucher is extremely intelligent with a degree in sports psychology. He has a terrific grasp of strategy and his hockey team has completely bought into his theories.
Listen to the players talk—you'd think Boucher had his hand in their backs and was doing a ventriloquist act.
Boucher's first season led the Lightning to the second-most points in franchise history and a return to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
His team is now in the conference finals and, no matter what happens, has had one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the NHL this year.