I don't know why Babcock deserves it, if it wasn't for the injuries I doubt we'd be in the playoffs. We'd have underachieving Cleary, Weiss, Sammy and Bert running the second and 3rd lines. Nyqvist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco would be buried deep in the abyss somewhere, and these guys have been the spark to get us to the playoffs.
I think Holland and Babs were idiots for dumping Nyqvist and Tatar after everything they put up last year.
So no, the award shouldn't be based on luck.
I think Roy is 100% deserving of this, he did an incredible bang up job this year.
What has Roy done Babcock has not? They both coached teams. One loaded with talent, the other less-talented and experienced. This isn't about choosing who is on the roster, but coaching those players to success. Not to take away from Roy, but he didn't quite have the challenge Babs did.
It would also be a disservice to Babs to not win the Jack Adams in a year he surpassed the man the award was named for in wins.