B's announce front office moves, promote Scott Bradley and Ryan Nadeau, hire John Ferguson, Jr.
General manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday the changes they've made to the front office of the Bruins organization for the upcoming 2014-15 season and beyond.
First, the promotions. Entering his 22nd season in the Bruin organization, Scott Bradley, the team's Director of Player Personnel, has been promoted to Assistant General Manger, filling the role left by Jim Benning who left Boston to become the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Bradley served his role for the past five seasons. Before that, Bradley was the director of amateur scouting, and in 2006 had a heavy input in the drafting of former Bruin Phil Kessel and current Bruins Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.
Having just finished his 11th season in the organization and eighth in the hockey ops department, Taunton, MA, native Ryan Nadeau has been named the Director of Hockey Operations/Analytics. Nadeau will continue to scout college and prospects in the Eastern United States and Canada, and he'll be doing so by using "specialized statistical and numerical data/tools to supplement scouting efforts and evaluation, in addition to other hockey ops duties."
And now, for the outside hire. The B's have brought in former general manger of the Toronto Maple Leafs John Ferguson to serve as their Executive Director of Player Personnel, a role that calls for Ferguson being "responsible for scouting at both professional and amateur levels for all Bruins personnel, including club prospects and current roster players." Ferguson will also advise Chiarelli on pulling the trigger on potential trades, signing new players and other hockey transactions.
During his time as the GM in Toronto, it was Ferguson who agreed to the 2006 trade that sent Tuukka Rask to Boston in exchange for Andrew Raycroft. If you can't beat 'em, try to forget that you traded one of the best goalies in the NHL and the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner to a division rival and join their front office staff eight years later (I think that's how it goes).