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By Mitch Cole (@DirtyWaterBuzz)
According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, the Boston Bruins have fired their Director of Amateur Scouting, Wayne Smith. Smith was one of GM Peter Chiarelli’s first hires when he became General Manager of the Bruins. After one season as a scout, Smith was promoted to head scout and oversaw a scouting department that drafted Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton and pushed for the team to sign Torey Krug and trade for Matt Bartkowski.
The move comes as a bit of a head scratcher for some, as Chiarelli has said that Smith is a very good scout and a good friend of his. However, when looking at the Bruins’ draft record, the numbers and results are awful.
Since Smith took over the scouting department in 2007, Bruins’ draft picks have played in a combined 144 NHL games, and have a stat line of 14 goals, 23 assists and 37 points. That excludes Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin, of course, who were both top 10 draft picks. Add that to...