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Wings director of amateur scouting follows Nill to Dallas

Jul 6, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

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Former Detroit Red Wings assist general manager Jim Nill has convinced some of his old colleagues to join him now that he’s the general manager of the Dallas Stars.

Nill has hired Joe McDonnell, who had served as the Detroit Red Wings director of amateur scouting since 2003, according to

The Stars GM also convinced former Detroit amateur scout Mark Leach to join his team’s ranks.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland has confirmed those moves and hopes to sort out their own scouting staff next week. Among other things, scouts Jeff Finley and David Kolb will begin to serve in bigger roles.

Detroit’s success when it comes to drafting players is one of the big reasons they’ve managed to make the playoffs for 23 consecutive seasons. In the past, they’ve found diamonds in the rough during the entry draft like Jonathan Ericsson, Henrik Zetterberg, and Pavel Datsyuk. Most of their other prominent players, such as Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, and Jimmy Howard, were also drafted rather than acquired via a trade or signing.

  1. einjzmolf - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Good things happening all around for the Stars right now.

    • einjzmolf - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM


  2. 13datsyuk13 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Most wings fans want Nill to be successful. He was key to our dominance and we wish him well.

    • polegojim - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Thank you 13… I hope they all bring Dallas back to into contention and total best wishes.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Jim Nill learned a lot from his time in Vancouver with Roger Nielsen when he went to the cup finals with the Canucks.

    • polegojim - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Jim Nill learned a lot… from Ken Holland.

      • detwings - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

        those 4 cups make it better

  4. dumbassgreg - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    memo to messier this is how you get a job. your take lower one watch learn the job from your superior . you hire talented people around you not yes men like glen sather does.

  5. beermeone - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Lindy must feel like he’s at Disney World. More positive changes to the team in the short time he’s been there than in a long time in Buffalo.

  6. LampyB - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Dumbassgreg…learn to type a god damn sentence man, it’s really not that difficult.

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