Bob Boughner may be the spark that will allow the San Jose Sharks to turn things around this season, players and team management said on Thursday.

Boughner, who took over after Peter DeBoer's dismissal as Sharks coach on Wednesday, was an assistant coach with San Jose from 2015 to 2017 and has returned to coaching staff this season. In between, he served as coach of the Florida Panthers for two seasons.

"Pete and Boogie are alike," said Logan Couture. We loved playing under Pete, he was a good coach and a good person. Boogie spoke to us as a group of leaders. He is a coach for whom you want to play. "

Boughner said his priorities are to bring a breath of fresh air and renewed energy to a team that has kept an 11-4-0 record in November before its current run of losses.