The Vancouver Canucks have made several changes in the front office in preparation for the upcoming season. Chris Higgins re-joins the team as assistant director, player development, Todd Harvey and Derek Richard will take on additional responsibilities as amateur scouts and Troy Ward, Phil Golding and Martin Bakula have all been hired as amateur scouts. Other changes in the scouting department include Pat Conacher moving to the amateur side after several seasons as director of hockey operations with the Utica Comets, and Ryan Biech joining the team as a video analyst. Dan Cloutier, who has served as a goaltending coach and director of goaltending for eight seasons, has resigned.
This is a big season for the Canucks, given their investment in players like Tyler Myers, J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland this offseason. Getting Brock Boeser is obviously the biggest thing left on the to-do list, but adding more resources to the scouting department is always an important step. The Canucks have hit home runs in Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson and Boeser over the last few years, and appear to have another top talent in Vasili Podkolzin from June’s draft.