The Pittsburgh Penguins have made several changes to their front office and scouting departments as the season approaches. Derek Clancey has been promoted from director of pro scouting to director of player personnel, while Ryan Bowness will take his old job after serving as a pro scout. Kevin Stevens, Jay McClement and Duane Sutter have all been added as pro scouts, while Al Santilli will be a global crossover scout. Erik Heasley, who serves as manager of hockey operations, has also been promoted to the assistant general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
McClement may stand out to recent hockey fans, given he last played in the NHL just two years ago. The 36-year old spent the 2017-18 season in Switzerland before hanging up his skates, but had previously played 12 seasons in the NHL. A veteran of 906 games, he scored just 244 points but was always heralded for his hard-nosed play and work ethic on the third or fourth line.
Sutter too will stand out as a pretty notable addition, after spending the last eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. One of the famed Sutter brothers, Duane has spent several decades in the hockey world as a player, coach, scout and front office executive. The 59-year old was most recently the vice president of hockey operations in Edmonton.