According to a reliable SinBin.vegas source, former San Jose Sharks assistant coach Steve Spott will join Pete DeBoer’s staff in Vegas following the bye week.
Spott was added to DeBoer’s staff in San Jose a few months after DeBoer took over in 2015.
Spott ran the sharks power play for most of his time in San Jose. The Sharks posted the 6th overall power play last year converting at 23.7%. They were also #3 (22.6%) in 2015-16. Overall, the Sharks operated at 21.6% under DeBoer/Spott while the Golden Knights sit at 18.7% in franchise history.
Last year DeBoer announced he was switching the roles of his coaching staff, moving Spott to be in charge of the defense. He remained in charge of the defense until he was fired with DeBoer on December 11th, 2019.
Prior to joining DeBoer’s staff, Spott was the head coach of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. In one season he led the Marlies to the Western Conference Final. Before that, Spott worked under DeBoer as an assistant for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers from 2002-2008. When DeBoer left to take the head coach position in Florida, Spott stayed on as head coach of the Rangers for 5 seasons. Spott and DeBoer first worked together in 1997 with the Plymouth Whalers and the two have worked together for 16 out of the last 23 years.
A powerful Toronto Sun article from 2016 details just how close DeBoer and Spott are.
Spott is expected to join DeBoer in Las Vegas this week and an official announcement from the team is imminent.