Rangers hire “rising star” Kris Knoblauch as Wolf Pack head coach

Knoblauch (Getty Images)

The Rangers have finally found their man after an exhaustive search. Former Flyers assistant, Kris Knoblauch will take over the behind the bench of the Wolf Pack.

Per the press release:

Knoblauch, 40, joins the Rangers organization with 13 seasons of coaching experience, including parts of seven seasons as a head coach. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Flyers for the past two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Prior to joining the Flyers, Knoblauch served as a Head Coach for seven consecutive seasons (2010-11 – 2016-17), first with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and then with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of five seasons from 2012-13 – 2016-17.

What Other Are Saying

Kris has been labeled a “rising star” in the coaching ranks, and has been credited with making players like Connor McDavid better.

Getting his first major-league coaching job is the next logical step for the 38-year-old Knoblauch, who is very well-regarded around hockey. Agent Jeff Jackson has been glad to send McDavid and prospects Taylor and Darren Raddysh, Travis Dermott and Alex DeBrincat to Erie, where Knoblauch improved their NHL stock. “Connor McDavid was going to go play in the NHL no matter if Kris coached him or not, but he made Connor a better player,” Jackson said. “He teaches a culture of winning and speed and puck movement, but he empowers all the kids.”

The Spokesman-Review

That is some lofty praise for the head coach and it should benefit the Pack and the Rangers in the long run.