If the Edmonton Oilers were considering Mark Hunter for their vacant GM position, they may have to move on to another candidate. Hockey Canada announced that Hunter will join their Program of Excellence and will manage the U20 and National Junior programs in 2019-20. Martin Mondou and Alan Miller will run the U17 and U18 programs respectively.
Hunter, the former assistant GM for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is now back with the London Knights of the OHL. Hunter and his brother own the junior team, which is set to be a big player in the OHL playoffs once again and perhaps go to the Memorial Cup. Several players from that team may also be considered for the Canadian World Junior squad, including top scorer Connor McMichael who has exploded onto the scene with 70 points in 62 games.
The 56-year old Hunter was rumored to be on the Oilers short list for their open position, but likely won’t be a candidate any longer. That’s obviously not guaranteed, but with Bob Nicholson saying recently he wants to conduct interviews in the next two weeks, this news comes as an obvious red flag.