The Edmonton Oilers have announced the hiring of Bill Scott for the dual role of AHL General Manager/pro scout ending a rather lengthy period of uncertainty in regards to the position. The official press release can be found at the Oilers site, here is the one from the American Hockey League where Scott has been employed for the past for seasons as Director of Hockey Operations.
The team also just announced the signing of 35-year-old veteran goalie Martin Gerber to a contract. He'll be the starter in Oklahoma City after his stint in the KHL where he posted a .914 SV% and a 2.19 GAA.
This name comes completely out of left field for me. Like new coach Todd Nelson, Bill Scott is not a name that I have seen, heard or read being talked about anywhere (feel free to provide a link if you did) and I am very much surprised by the hiring.
Don't jump to the conclusion that I am against it though. I know nothing about Scott aside from his résumé which reveals plenty of minor league experience working with both the AHL and the ECHL. He also interned for a season with the Nashville Predators and he has a NCAA past with the Michigan State Spartans. Other than that I know zilch about him.
I wonder how his work with the AHL and ECHL has prepared him to be the General Manager of a AHL team though. I'm not sure what his responsibilities would have been as the Director of Hockey Operations of the AHL. According to the Oklahoma City Barons' release, Scott was responsible for:
"...creation of the league schedule, assisting in determining player fines and suspensions, supervised regular season and playoff games and interpreted by-laws and the Collective Bargaining Agreement for member teams."What does he know about player recruitment? I assume Oilers Assistant GM Rick Olczyk will continue to be the contract negotiator but as far as talent assessment and identifying free agents to target... if that is actually one of the duties of the AHL GM as one would expect, is he qualified for that?
One source I contacted was wondering the same thing about Scott and said: "Is he qualified? He's an administrator with zero practical hockey background so... you tell me."
I'll ask you the fan the same question I did when Nelson was hired over Rob Daum. Is the hiring of Bill Scott and upgrade over Kevin Prendergast?
Here is the release in regards to Martin Gerber and the signing of the Swiss netminder to his new 2-way contract.
Gerber was originally drafted in the 8th round of the 2001 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The Swiss netminder played for the Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs and has also appeared internationally for Switzerland.