FT. LAUDERDALE – Peter DeBoer is still in the process of assembling his coaching staff for the upcoming season, but some names have emerged as leading candidates according to various sources.
Adam Oates and Steve Spott, who both have experience with DeBoer, could be headed to San Jose.
“Talked to a lot of people, and really doing my homework,” DeBoer said. “I’ve got some people in mind, and kind of working through the process.”
Last week, general manager Doug Wilson said the staff should be in place in time for development camp, which begins on July 6 in San Jose. DeBoer, who is attending the draft in Ft. Lauderdale, confirmed that timeline.
Oates was most recently a co-coach of the New Jersey Devils last season but also served as an assistant under DeBoer in 2012 when they made a run to the Stanley Cup Final.
The 52-year-old was in charge of the team’s power play, which finished 14th in the NHL that season (17.2 percent).
“I’ve talked to Adam. He’s an option, for sure,” DeBoer said. “I loved working with him when we had a lot of success in New Jersey. I’ve got a short list of candidates that I’m real comfortable with, and we’ll sort that out here in the next week.”
Spott was most recently an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs, before Toronto cleaned house with its staff in April. He served with DeBoer in the OHL in Plymouth and Kitchener, and was the head coach of Toronto’s AHL team in 2013-14 before joining Randy Carlyle’s staff last summer. He stayed on after Carlyle was fired in January.
Dave Barr, one of DeBoer's former assistants in New Jersey, was also in the mix before he ended up joining the Buffalo Sabres.
“It was an option. Dave and I talked," DeBoer said. "He's got family in Ontario and his wife is from around the Buffalo area. I just think it was a better fit for him.”
The Sharks spoke with current director of player development Larry Robinson about returning to the bench for another season, but Robinson declined.