Brian Wiseman no longer joins the coaching staff, John MacLean comes on board

On July 5, the New York Islanders hired two assistant coaches in Doug Houda and Brian Wiseman, as they joined rookie head coach Lane Lambert’s staff for the 2022-23 season. On Thursday, the Islanders announced they had hired John MacLean, as Wiseman is no longer joining the staff.

John MacLean was previously an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharksbut when Bob Boughner was relieved of his duties as head coach this offseason, MacLean was also relieved.

His role was to work with the attacking group as well as oversee the power play.

The San Jose Sharks’ power play in 2021-22 was only 19% effective, which ranked 22nd in the NHL. The Islanders were ranked 12th, at 22.1%.

MacLean has a history with New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Lamoriello hired MacLean as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. It was an opportunity for MacLean that was short-lived, as he didn’t even last the whole season, being relieved of his duties in December.

But their history goes back even further than that.

John MacLean was drafted by the New Jersey Devils sixth overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He played 14 years as a member of the New Jersey Devils before a short stint with the San Jose Sharks, followed by three years as the New York Rangers.

He ended his 18-year NHL career with the Dallas Stars, retiring from the NHL after the 2001-02 season.

In 1,194 regular season games, the right-winger registered 413 goals and 429 assists (842 games). In 104 playoff games, MacLean recorded 35 goals and 48 assists.

After retiring, he joined the New Jersey Devils coaching staff as an assistant from 2003 to 2010 before being hired as head coach.

MacLean won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995 as a player, in 2003 as a member of the coaching staff.

John MacLean also has a connection to the New York Islanders, as his son Kyle McLean just completed his second year with the Bridgeport Islanders.

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