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TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #17 — Six possible candidates for the assistant coach vacancy

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!

A day after the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that assistant coach Paul McFarland would leave the organization, the shift focused on who could replace him.

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An article published on May 9 by Scott Maxwell took a look at six different people who could step behind the bench.

It was the 17th most-read article on TheLeafsNation this year.

Six possible candidates for the assistant coach vacancy

While the eventual hire was Manny Malholtra, Maxwell took a look at six very viable options: Bruce Boudreau, A.J. MacLean, Rob Davison, Hayley Wickenheiser, John Dean and Rocky Thompson.

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Here was a bit of what Maxwell wrote about it:

That means that once this season is over, we’ll have a new assistant coach to run the power play for the Leafs, something that McFarland didn’t do the best job of. He had some good ideas (putting William Nylander in front of the net, giving Tyson Barrie an opportunity on the top unit), but the few that he did were probably more Sheldon Keefe’s ideas than his.

So, this vacancy gives the Leafs an opportunity to bring in someone that Keefe wants and can work with, and maybe shares a similar philosophy with him. Let’s take a look at some possible candidates for the position.

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