Chuck Fletcher, the former Minnesota Wild General Manager who was fired this past April after the Wild bowed out of the first round in the playoffs to Winnipeg, has been named a senior advisor to Ray Shero of the Devils. This comes via a report yesterday by Chris Ryan of The Star Ledger.
According to Ryan, Fletcher spent nine seasons in Minnesota and previously was Shero’s Assistant GM in Pittsburgh for three seasons. They won a Stanley Cup together in 2009 with the Penguins.
Ryan mentioned that the Wild have made the playoffs for six straight seasons under Fletcher’s guidance, but had just two series wins in that time. He said that Minnesota “never advanced past the second round.” The Wild accumulated more than 100 regular season points three times under Fletcher’s tenure.
Ryan quoted Shero as saying “Chuck brings a vast array of experience working for teams at different stages of their growth. He has seen teams start from the beginning, teams that were building toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs and teams striving to be consistent contenders. Those experiences will serve valuable to us, as we look to take the next steps here in New Jersey. I personally know that Chuck’s knowledge, work ethic and demeanor will be benefits to our organization. We are excited for him to work directly with our management, scouting and coaching staffs moving forward.”
Fletcher will also assist the team’s hockey operations, Ryan said.
This is a good move by the Devils. You can never have enough experienced hockey men in your front office. While Fletcher might not have had the success he wanted in Minnesota, here, with a growing team, he should be able to contribute a lot.
According to an article on the Devils’ official website, the team has a new Senior Director of Player Personnel: Dan MacKinnon. According to the site, his job description is that he “will oversee all aspects of the club’s pro scouting operations. In addition, he will work with the organization’s hockey operations and pro/amateur scouting staffs regarding player evaluation, acquisition and draft preparation.” He will work out of Detroit.
MacKinnon was “acquired” from the Pittsburgh Penguins and, in fact, Ray Shero thanked Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford and the Pens “in allowing Dan to join the New Jersey Devils.”
MacKinnon’s bio reads that he is 42-years-old and had been with the Penguins for ten years from 2006 to 2016, winning two Stanley Cups with the organization. He was director of player personnel for the last seven years there, including this season’s Cup winning team. He oversaw the Pens’ professional pro and amateur scouting in both North America and Europe during that term.
Prior to the Penguins, where MacKinnon worked with Shero, he also worked with the current Devils’ GM in Nashville, where he worked from 2000 to 2006. In those six years, he was a professional scout for four and scouting coordinator for two. His bio on the Devils’ site also says he “worked in the league office for the American Hockey League” as well as the Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL) front office.
His other credentials include him serving as an assistant coach at Ohio University (where he graduated with a master’s degree in Athletic Administration), playing one year at Mount Allison University (AUAA – Canadian college hockey, 1994-95) and two years at the University of Waterloo (OUAA – Canadian college as well 1996-98) and three years of junior hockey (1991 to 1993 with Pembroke of the CJHL and 1993-94 with Kingston of the MetJHL).