Mike Babcock on Wednesday called his former boss, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, "the best general manager in hockey."

Babcock, who left Detroit to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason, was speaking at their development camp, answering a question about how the Red Wings built their successful organization.

"They had real good scouts, they have the best general manager in hockey, a great owner [Mike Ilitch] who let the GM run a real good program, and they kept good people and they kept building," Babcock told the Maple Leafs website. "When they made mistakes they didn't dwell on it, they just went ahead and kept building. They hired good people and let them do their jobs.