Rangers hire Kris Knoblauch as Hartford Wolf Pack’s Head Coach

The hunt for a head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack has come to a close. The New York Rangers have hired Kris Knoblauch, former OHL Erie Otters head coach and now former Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach, as the head coach of the Pack.

While in Erie, Knoblauch groomed players like Connor McDavid, Alex DeBrincat, and Dylan Strome. I don’t know much about his role in Philadelphia, but it looks like he’s a good guy with growth and development of prospects, something the Rangers sorely needed. He also embraces a more statistical approach to coaching, using that to supplement his coaching style and messages to his team.

On the surface, this seems like another good offseason move by the Rangers. It better be, too, since this move has lasting impact for the rebuild.


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  • We will only know this name in 2 scenarios – The Wolfpack pull back into contention or they continue to flounder as a bad team looking for an identity. It is a good idea to have someone who knows how to develop talent. Hopefully he has constant communication with DQ.

  • Won WHL & OHL titles, was considered an innovative coach in junior. Climbed on to a sinking ship in Philly

    • Now we need to see what the Rangers are going to do to improve the entire situation at Hartford … assistant coaches, goalie coach, veteran players to act as mentors to the rookies, better training facilities, etc. I seriously doubt that they’ll be cutting any corners, or at least I hope that they won’t be.

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