The Seattle Kraken have made a large addition to their scouting department, hiring Dave Baseggio as the team’s first director of pro scouting. Baseggio comes over from the Anaheim Ducks where he spent more than a decade holding different job titles. Kraken GM Ron Francis released a statement explaining why Baseggio is the right choice:
Dave played at Yale, he was an economics major and captained the hockey team as a senior. He played professionally beyond that. He’s been around the game a long time. He’s bright and a good person who will fit into the culture we are building with the Kraken. He will generate a lot of ideas and earn the respect of our pro scouting staff.
The team also hired Andrew Allen, Lorne Henning and William White as pro scouts, while extending the contracts of five other scouts—Cammi Granato, Ulf Samuelsson, Stu Barnes, Dave Hunter and John Goodwin—through the end of 2019-20 “with the intention” of re-signing them for the 2020-21 season as well.
The group will have to use video to scout players in the 24-team 2020 playoffs as they work to prepare for the expansion draft.