The Boston Bruins have watched plenty of personnel throughout their hockey operations depart the group over the previous few months, and now it’s formally hit of their scouting division as effectively. Longtime Boston Bruins scout and present director of school scouting Scott Fitzgerald is exiting the B’s group for a Director of Participant Personnel put up with the San Jose Sharks beneath newly employed common supervisor Mike Grier.
Thanks Scott Fitzgerald for 15 years with the Bruins group. Better of luck in San Jose. pic.twitter.com/YtSJ7HODWY
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) August 1, 2022
San Jose Hockey Now colleague Sheng Peng was first on this Boston Bruins information final month earlier than it was made official within the final couple of days. It’s a superb transfer for Scott Fitzgerald, Grier and the Sharks group because the Billerica-by-way-of-Charlestown native strikes to a corporation that’s all the time had sturdy New England ties with Melrose native Tim Burke holding an enormous say-so within the San Jose scouting group.
Fitzgerald had been a key a part of the Boston Bruins scouting division for the final 15 years and had performed a job lately in most of the undrafted school hockey free brokers like Torey Krug, Noel Acciari, Kevan Miller and Frank Vatrano which have actually labored out for the B’s at the same time as their draft choose expertise hasn’t persistently cranked out NHL gamers.
The excellent news for the Bruins is that they nonetheless have some glorious school hockey expertise evaluators with scouts like former B’s ahead Brett Harkins and Ryan Nadeau working these expertise swimming pools. The Boston Bruins additionally veered away from that group in final month’s NHL draft with plenty of European gamers and OHL prospects chosen with their picks together with one US-born, college-hockey certain prospect in Cole Spicer.
Some have been vital of the Boston Bruins actually drilling down on native hockey expertise in latest novice draft courses and, in fact, there’ll all the time be these vital of the 2015 draft class. However a number of the concentrate on US-born, school hockey gamers lately speaks to the religion that your entire Boston Bruins group had in Fitzgerald’s evaluations on these sorts of gamers. Gamers that popped in latest growth camps like Riley Duran, Ty Gallagher and even undrafted College of North Dakota free agent Riese Gaber finally month’s Boston Bruins growth camp have a direct hyperlink again to the due diligence that guys like Fitzgerald, Harkins and Nadeau have accomplished earlier than zeroing in on these hockey gamers.
Undrafted College of North Dakota ahead Riese Gaber has had an excellent week at Bruins growth camp. Shifty, inventive & sturdy on his skates, he creates 3 scoring probabilities on this 3-on-3 shift. Additionally comes out of pile w/the puck as smallest man within the scrum #hockeyplayer pic.twitter.com/0HDHsnz2BP
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) July 13, 2022
The unhealthy information is that the Black and Gold are shedding a member of Massachusetts hockey royalty with Fitzgerald a member of the prolonged Fitzgerald, Tkachuk and Hayes hockey household that’s had a dominant presence on the native hockey scene for the final 40 years. Fitzgerald has connections far and broad throughout the hockey world along with his honed hockey expertise analysis abilities, and people are belongings that shall be missed within the Boston Bruins group together with different glorious hockey males like Bruce Cassidy, Kevin Dean, Kim Brandvold, retiring athletic coach Donnie DelNegro, John Ferguson Jr. and Jay Pandolfo which have exited the B’s group during the last couple of years.