Buffalo Sabres Hire Kevin Prendergast as Scout

The new regime of Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan have made their first hire since taking over, and no it wasn’t a new GM for the Buffalo Sabres. Instead the Sabres have hired a former GM to further re-build their scouting staff. Today the Buffalo Sabres announced the hiring of Kevin Prendergast, former Edmonton Oilers assistant GM as a scout.

“Kevin is a very respected and well-connected talent evaluator in many different hockey circles. His keen eye for hockey talent, combined with his experience in the game at a multitude of levels, will be a tremendous addition to our hockey operations staff and we are proud to welcome him to the Buffalo Sabres organization.” ~ Pat LaFontaine ~ from Sabres press release.

While the former assistant GM won’t fill the vacant GM position, he will be one of the head scouts who will assist Kevin Devine in all scouting roles. By hiring anouther scout it could mean that the Buffalo Sabres are looking for a GM with more scouting experience as they look to rebuild their hockey team through the draft. Prendergast will scout both around the NHL and in the amateur ranks for the Sabres.

In addition to his 20 years with the Edmonton Oilers organization where he served in various roles including assistant GM, Prendergast also served as the head scout for Team Canada’s Program of Excellence, where he was responsible for Canada’s Junior, U17, and U18 teams, but was recently dismissed from the position. Before his time with both the Oilers and Team Canada he worked as a central scout for NHL scouting.

Today has been a busy day for the Buffalo Sabres who are in action against the Montreal Canadiens later tonight. They claimed Matt D’Agostini off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and in turn waived Corey Tropp.

Prendergast has been responsible for the latest drafts with the Edmonton Oilers up until 2010 and helped the Oilers draft Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi.

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  • Kevin

    How many scout do we need? We already have more than any other team in the league. I don’t doubt this guys rep and hope he brings in talent, but I thought who was there before him was doing fine. #spending money. Let’s hope the boss spends it on the ice as well.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree Kevin we have far more scouts than we need… I think it’s a nice way of not letting the old scouts go while hiring new ones trying to change the philosophy.

  • AJ

    Edmonton has had a lot of down years. Sounds like more recycling to me. Hire a GM and let him do the hiring.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      yes sir just some recycling I think the many top picks is what inticed the Sabres

  • Jes

    What was the point of this hiring? Shouldn’t the new GM have a say in this? I wouldn’t mind him as the main scout or w/e, I’m just hoping this is a direction in which we fire Devine.

    On the whole drafting Hall , Eberle and so on, like honestly the Oilers were so bad for years and honestly even one of us could have picked those guys that early in the first round. Those picks are usually a gimme.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Umm It’s really just an opportunity to bring in another set of fresh eyes I imagine.
      Yup I was trying to make the point that the Oilers don’t draft well…

  • qwicwted

    I’m not impressed at all. I d’t think Edmonton has done a very good job and they have drafted how many #1′s? Instead of hiring another scout, how about a new GM who can start making something happen. I will say that I do like the way Leino is stepping up. I always thought he was a skilled playe and had a run of ‘bad luck”. We have seen glimpses of what he can do in the past, but if he hasn’t been injured, he wasn’t allowed to form some chemistry on a line as he was shifted around. I also think Stafford has been playing better – thing is, he needs to keep up the energy as he is beginning to get some chemistry with Hodgeson and Moulson.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Edmonton has done a very poor job in drafting and I agree there are more important things such as hiring a GM for the sabres to be doing