John Davidson started to bring in his own people as the New York Rangers announced several hirings for both the team and the Hartford Wolfpack. I have to laugh though at some of the grumblings I read online ranging from “cronyism” to “nepotism” because JD hired several folks that he worked with at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Cmon people stop it, JD is entitled to bring in the people who he has worked with in the past and helped him build the Blue Jackets as well as the St. Louis Blues. If you want to complain about “cronyism” or “nepotism” then boy you will discover that it happens on all the other NHL teams.
Nobody said anything when either of Glen Sather’s sons came to work for the Rangers as scouts. Same for Gordie Clark’s son who is also a scout. In fact, if you look at the list of Ranger scouts, coaches and consultants you will discover that every single one of them has either worked with, played for, or is a longtime friend of Glen Sather, Gordie Clark and Jeff Gorton.
You hire folks who you are comfortable with and know what you want to accomplish. It allows you and your team to hit the ground running so enough already, these are excellent hires and will over the long term improve the Ranger franchise.
If you read the press release you will already know the who and what about the hires. If not then let’s talk about them.
Chris Morehouse Director of North American Scouting: Morehouse joins the Rangers organization after spending the previous seven seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization (2012-13 – 2018-19). He spent the past three seasons as the Blue Jackets’ Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting (2016-17 – 2018-19). Morehouse joined Columbus as an Amateur Scout in 2012, and he served as both an Amateur Scout and a Professional Scout over four seasons before being named the team’s Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting on July 6, 2016.
Marshall Davidson Amateur Scout: Davidson joins the Rangers organization after spending the previous six seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization as an Amateur Scout (2013-14 – 2018-19). He also served five seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization as an Amateur Scout (2008-09 – 2012-13).
Derek Ginnell Amateur Scout: Ginnell joins the Rangers organization after spending the last five seasons as an Amateur Scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2014-15 – 2018-19).
David Cunniff Assistant Coach Hartford Wolfpack: Cunniff joins the Rangers organization with 17 years of coaching experience in the American Hockey League (2002-03 – 2018-19). Most recently, he was a member of the Iowa Wild’s coaching staff for four seasons (2015-16 – 2018-19). Cunniff served as an Associate Coach with Iowa, as well as the team’s Interim Head Coach for part of the 2015-16 season. In addition, he spent 12 seasons as either the Associate Coach or Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, as well as one season with the Albany Devils.
Chris Hoeler Video Coach Hartford Wolfpack: (Disclaimer I have known Chris since his days with the Danbury (CT) Titans of the Federal Hockey League.) Hoeler joins the Rangers organization after spending last season as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Prior to working with the Steel, he worked one season with Harvard University’s women’s hockey team as the team’s Video & Analytics Coordinator. Hoeler has also worked with the Danbury Titans in the Federal Hockey League in his career.
In addition, the Rangers made it official the hiring(s) of Tanner Glass and Tuomo Ruutu as Assistant Director(s) Of Player Development. Glass who will be based out of Seattle Washington will work with the Rangers North American prospects. Ruutu will work out of Europe covering, of course, the European prospects. These are hirings that are long overdue as in the past the Rangers did not have a full-time person who would work with the prospects and help improve their development.
Steve Konowalchuk will move from Amateur scout and work as a professional scout (most likely covering the NHL’s western teams).