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.