After two years with the club as an assistant, Tim is very familiar with the how the team operates and the returning player personnel for next season.
The well-spoken, cerebral hockey mind from North Vancouver, BC will get his chance to interview and do his best to convince the Selection Committee that he's the right fit.
Can an assistant coach moving into the main role succeed? I think the precedent has been set around the league that it's working and working well.
Look no further than the WHL final this past season. It featured Kelowna's Ryan Huska (promoted to Head Coach just two seasons ago) against Calgary's Dave Lowry (rookie head coach and former assistant). The two did an admirable job with their respective teams this season and were recently rewarded - Huska with a contract extension, Lowry with a promotion to the Calgary Flames.
Kehler has a big task ahead of him though as he tries to fend off some of the bigger names and established coaching veterans who have apparently expressed interest.
He's not your cliche-throwing, giv'em hell, old school type personality. He takes a refreshing more calculated approach to his business.
He has me convinced. Now his job is to convince the rest.