New York Rangers scouting department sees more departures

The changes continue for the New York Rangers scouting department under President and General Manager Chris Drury. Some moves have been by his choice, and others appear to have not.

In the latest changes, both Kevin Maxwell and Chris Morehouse are leaving the organization per Arthur Staple of The Athletic.

Kevin Maxwell joined the Rangers as a scout in 2008. After three years, Glen Sather promoted him to Director of Professional Scouting.

Chris Morehouse, who is former Rangers’ President John Davidson’s son-in-law, joined the organization in 2019 as Director of North American Scouting. Forever Blueshirts has confirmed that he is joining another NHL team.

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Jun 21, 2019; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Kaapo Kakko puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The first major change to the scouting department came almost immediately after Drury assumed his new position with the Rangers. He dismissed Nick Bobrov, who ran European Scouting when the Rangers drafted Lias Andersson (2017) and Vitali Kravtsov (2018).

Both picks were considered questionable as each player was not ranked as high as the Rangers selected them. Andersson was eventually traded for a second round pick and the jury has yet to cast a verdict on the choice of Kravtsov.

In fairness to Bobrov, he was also in charge of European Scouting when the Rangers selected Igor Shesterkin in the fourth-round of the 2014 Draft..

Drury then demoted Gordie Clark and replaced him with John Liley as the new Director of Player Personnel and Amateur Scouting.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Lilley was Director of Amateur Scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2018. His hiring came in August, almost a month after the 2021 NHL Draft. Per multiple reports, Drury ran that draft and along with Chris Morehouse selected Brennan Othmann as their first-round pick (16th overall).

This past season for the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, Othmann was an absolute force. In 66 regular games, he posted 50 goals and 97 points. He also added 9 goals and 24 points in 19 postseason games.

The loss of Morehouse is going to hurt. In his short time as Director of North American Scouting he also played a very big role in the selections of Braden Schneider, Will Cuylle, and Dylan Garand to name a few.

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