Keith Gretzky Named Bruins' Director of Amateur Scouting

Bruce Bennett

He taught Wayne everything he knows

On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins named Keith Gretzky (brother of the 2nd best hockey player ever) Director of Amateur Scouting, confirming the report of Fluto Shinzawa a little over a week ago. Formerly Gretzky had served as an Ontario-based amateur scout for the Bruins.

Although the Bruins are enjoying a nice run among the league's elite teams, they're doing it with a roster put more together by trades and signings than home grown talent. In fact, Dougie Hamilton, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron were the only Bruins drafted by the team in the past five years to play more than 10 games last season. And in the case of Hamilton and Seguin, they were slam dunk, can't miss picks.

Part of that is because the Bruins have built a solid core through acquisitions and spots are harder to come by than they would be for a weaker team. But it's also partly because there's just been no one who's been able to work their way in.

Before coming to Boston, Gretzky served as Director of Amateur Scouting for the Phoenix Coyotes where his staff was known to pick the occasional European player here or there, notably Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Mikkel Boedker. His fingerprints are all over the most recent Bruins draft where they took three European players, including with their first two picks.

Everything I've been hearing about Gretzky has been positive and he even likes advanced stats! It doesn't hurt that his staff will also include a true legend, either.

If you're interested in learning a little more on him, here's a Q&A he did earlier this month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Stanley Cup of Chowder

You must be a member of Stanley Cup of Chowder to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stanley Cup of Chowder. You should read them.

Join Stanley Cup of Chowder

You must be a member of Stanley Cup of Chowder to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stanley Cup of Chowder. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker