I've loved Babcock's coaching from day one - he's a one-of-a-kind. Everything from his personality, to the respect he demands from his players, to his level-headed demeanor on the bench (and of course, that stare) exudes confidence. More importantly, he seems to have an idea in his mind of what needs to happen, and everybody from the 4th line center to the media knows that he's going to stick with it without panicking and changing things every two games.
I admit that I was not a fan of the Abdelkader thing when he started doing that. Yes, the team's record has been great since he did that, but that line (and Datsyuk, in particular) did not do well for quite some time. Doing that not only created a balanced top line (and made #8 suddenly look like a legit Top 6 forward), it allowed the Griffins' kids to stay in the lineup and develop their own chemistry on those 3rd and 4th lines.
Babcock makes teams better by the end of the year. People surprised by what's going on right now still have a mental image of that February team that was a defensive mess. They won't have that image for too much longer.