Lowry emerging as darkhorse candidate for Sharks gig

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The San Jose Sharks are considering a lot of high profile options for their vacant head coaching job, but GM Doug Wilson might end up surprising people by picking Dave Lowry.

That’s based on speculation from David Pollak of the Mercury News, although as he notes, he’s not the only one that thinks Lowry has a chance:

He made the Merc’s list of 14 candidates the day after McLellan’s departure was announced. TSN’s Darren Dreger had him on a list of potential Sharks coaches as well, and the Times Colonist (great name for a newspaper, eh?) in Victoria did a quick story on Lowry’s name percolating for the San Jose job.

None of this is to suggest that Lowry has the inside track as Wilson is keeping his lip zipped while the search is in process. Consider it more of a reminder that the Sharks general manager is talking to a lot more people than the few names that do surface here and there.

Lowry has been serving as the bench boss of the WHL Victoria Royals, which went to the second round of the playoffs after posting a 39-29-3-1 regular season record. His efforts with the Royals have earned him the head coaching gig for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Championship.

As for the other names out there, three prominent ones are Adam Oates, Dan Bylsma, and Peter DeBoer.

In contrast to those three, Lowry doesn’t have any head coaching experience at the NHL level, but he did enjoy a 1,084-game playing career and previously served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames for three seasons.