Seattle Gets Ready For Their NHL Expansion Team Coming In 2021


( ENSPIRE Sports ) As Seattle’s NHL Expansion Team Hires Scouts, The Focus is To Add Quality People In The Front Office

On Wednesday, five professional scouts were hired and they will bring Seattle a lot of experience. Here are the names of the scouts; Stu Barnes, John Goodwin, Cammi Granato, Dave Hunter, and Ulf Samuelsson.

Each of these scouts will work out of their hometown with analyzing player performance, projecting player performance, and planning for the 2021 Expansion Draft. NHL Seattle General Manager Ron Francis and Assistant General Manager Ricky Olczyk will also undertake scouting responsibilities.

  • Stu Barnes will be located in Dallas where he served as a Stars assistant coach and finished a playing career that included stops in Winnipeg, Florida, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
  • John Goodwin brings extensive coaching experience in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), including as head coach of the Oshawa Generals. He will be based in Toronto.
  • Cammi Granato becomes one of a small number of female hockey operations staff in the league. She is a Hockey Hall of Famer who captained the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Cammi will scout from Vancouver.
  • Dave Hunter has a decade of pro and amateur scouting experience, including with Francis at the Carolina Hurricanes. He will be based in Boston. 

Many fans in the Seattle area are excited about the new team and can not wait until the season starts in 2021.