Being an NHL goaltenders coach is not a high-profile job.

Work is done before team practices, when goalies refine technique and positioning. Perhaps a teammate helps out by taking a few shots.

But when it comes to Lightning goaltenders coach Frantz Jean, the spotlight is about to shine brighter, the scrutiny turn a little sharper.

Tampa Bay has hitched its goaltending wagon for next season to Ben Bishop, 26, and Anders Lindback, 24, who between them have played just 103 NHL games.

Jean is now their guide.

Given the Lightning, except for January-May 2011 with Dwayne Roloson, has not had a reliable net presence since Nikolai Khabibulin during the 2004 Stanley Cup run — and Tampa Bay's goaltending in three seasons under Jean has not been better than 21st in the league — that is pressure.

General manager Steve Yzerman preferred to call it "an exciting opportunity for Frantz" but added, "Fair or unfair, over time he will be judged on the success of our goaltenders."

"For a coach, it's exciting," said Jean, 42, whose contract is expiring and who is expected to get a new deal. "Any time you get young players, they are eager to learn. The work ethic is high. That makes it real interesting for a goalie coach to come in to work every day."

For Jean, the chance to mentor Bishop and Lindback is like starting with a clean slate.

Tampa Bay's goaltending has been a revolving door, with Bishop, Lindback, Roloson, Mike Smith, Dan Ellis, Dustin Tokarksi, Sebastien Caron, Mathieu Garon and Cedrick Desjardins all getting starts during Jean's time.

Add a generally shaky defense and the results have not been good. In 2010-11, Tampa Bay was 21st in the 30-team league with a 2.80 goals-against average. It was last in 2011-12 with a 3.34 GAA, and entered Friday 27th at 3.04.

But the lack of continuity in net makes judgments impossible, Yzerman said: "We've got to be fair. That includes me, you, the fans. All the critics out there have to give (Jean) an opportunity. He hasn't had a goaltender to spend a lot of time with that we can judge the effect positive or negative. But I can tell you he's very bright, very professional, and I'm comfortable with the methods he's teaching our goaltenders."

"Blue-paint strong and shooting-lane hockey," is how Jean described his philosophy. "Everything is based on being well-positioned in the (crease) and being in the shooting lanes. It's the confidence of being at certain areas of the crease. It's about what you feel you are covering in the net."

It is a philosophy forged during 12 seasons with Moncton of the Quebec junior league, where Jean's goalies allowed the league's fewest goals four times.