In the previous NHL season, we managed to survive an entire year without a coach getting fired which was pretty fantastic, to say the least. However, a quarter of a way through the current season and we already looking at four coaches that managed to get fired.

The Los Angeles Knights fired John Stevens to start things off earlier this month along with the departure of Joel Quenneville which was quite surprising, to be honest. The Oilers’ Todd McLellan and the Blues’ Mike Yeo also opted in to make a few coaching changes, and when looking at the league now, there seems to be a couple more changes in the pipeline.

Obviously, this is never a great topic to discuss, but its certainly worth mentioning as struggling teams attempt to switch things up in hopes of reaching success before it’s too late. Let’s take a look at a handful of seats that might receive new coaches during the 2018/19 NHL season.

Anaheim Ducks – Randy Carlyle

It’s difficult to get a decent read on the Anaheim Ducks during the first quarter due to early injuries. Corey Perry is on reserve for the last two months due to a knee injury, Cam Fowler will miss a great deal of action after a facial fracture, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be absent from the game for a while due to a lower-body ailment.

Randy Carlyle joined a team that managed to finish at the top of the division for four consecutive years, looking promising to contend for the world-renowned Cup. The team did manage to come close during the 2016/17 NHL season, but they are currently heading in the wrong direction. A change in leadership could instantly change that for such a talented team.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Mike Sullivan

It’s been nearly three years since Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, decided to replace Mike Johnson with the current Mike Sullivan, sparking a phenomenal sprint during the 2015/16 NHL playoffs. Mike Sullivan managed to guide to squad from 9th in the Eastern Conference to the Stanley Cup, leading the champions to a second consecutive title the next year. However, the penguins are currently 14th in the Eastern Conference, leaving Mike Sullivan on the hot seat, especially after he decided to trade Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson.

Philadelphia Flyers – Dave Hakstol

Dave Hakstol is currently enjoying his fourth season with the Flyers, making him one of the longest standing coaches in the National Hockey League. However, apart from 2 first-round playoffs, the squad hasn’t been phenomenal while under Hakstol’s guidance. Even in the 2018/19 NHL season, the Flyers are considered one of the most frustrating squads in the league with incredible talent that are unable to reach their full potential. Philadelphia is currently suffering from a 4-match losing streak, lacking both accountability and consistency. This might cause Dave Hakstol to lose his seat as head coach for the team, leaving an opening for a new coach to revive the Flyers before its too late.

We’re only halfway through November and still have a long road ahead of us before hardware will be handed out to NHL players. However, everyone appreciates positive reinforcements and handing out a couple of stick taps is never too early. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the possible MVP’s as the 2018/19 NHL season reaches the first-quarter mark.

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks

At first glance, it’s no surprise that you would focus on the fact that he only managed to win 6 times in 17 decisions, or the fact that his 2.55 goal average is barely on the top 20 of the league’s goalies. However, with a .928 save percentage and facing the second highest shots in the NFL, you quickly realise that the Anaheim Ducks could be a lot worse if it weren’t for Gibson.

Michael Grabner – Arizona Coyotes

Grabner is recognised for his part in the Coyotes extremely deadly penalty-killing unit. The Coyotes are currently ranked first overall when it comes to PK efficiency where they managed to score a total of 10 astonishing shorthanded goals. What makes Grabner so impressive is that he is currently leading the way with four shorties and managed to assist with a handful of others.

David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins

One cannot argue if you much rather prefer Patrice Bergeron. However, David’s almost goal-a-game pace is certainly a marvellous thing.

Jeff Skinner – Buffalo Sabres

Skinner is already boasting with 14 goals, placing him directly behind Pastrnak when it comes to goal scoring records in the NHL.

David Rittich – Calgary Flames

There’s no denying that Mark Smith is underperforming more than any other goalie in the NGL league which makes the breakout performance by backup Rittich that much more important

Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

This sensational centre, who is only 21 years of age, kicked off the season with a remarkable 12-match point streak and he doesn’t seem like he is slowing down at all. He is certainly a star in the making.

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat (9), Jonathan Toews (9), and Kane (12) have a combined score of 30 from the 53 goals by Chicago. Imagine where the offense of the Blackhawks will be without the incredible Kane?

Mikko Rantanen – Colorado Avalanche

Although MacKinnon is returning from a Hart Trophy nomination, its Rantanen that is currently leading the entire NHL league in both points and assists.

Artemi Panarin – Columbus Blue Jackets

He continues to rack in points for Columbus. However, how long will this continue as a pending UFA who recently indicated that he is not really interested in signing up with the team again?

Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews was first, but then he got injured. Linemates Mitch Marner and John Tavares took over while Frederik Andersen continues to provide sensational netminding. However, its difficult to overlook the contributions by Rielly as he is currently leading all blueliners in the NHL in both points and goals.