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Bruins fire scouting head Wayne Smith

Jul 15, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins decided to fire director of amateur scouting Wayne Smith sometime following the 2013 NHL Draft, reports.

GM Peter Chiarelli provided the Hockey News’ Ken Campbell with a vague explanation for why he was canned.

“We wanted to freshen up our amateur scouting and shift things a little bit and we felt this was the way to do it,” Chiarelli said. “Wayne has done a good job and I’ll give him a good reference, but we wanted to inject some new life.”

Campbell finds the change a little strange.

It seems rather odd, given that Chiarelli admits that Smith is his good friend and is a very good scout. Their prospect list was solid, ranking them 12th among NHL organizations in THN’s Future Watch edition in 2013.

Then again, when you look at the list of players the Bruins have drafted since Smith took over the scouting department in 2007, it’s clear that the Bruins’ impressive work has mainly come from trades and free agent moves.

As Hockey Prospectus’ Corey Pronman points out, Tyler Seguin is the only NHL regular the team drafted from 2007-2010. It’s possible that more recent drafts could produce better results with the likes of Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban in the mix, but first-rounders like Jordan Caron and Zach Hamill haven’t exactly worked out.

Either way, parting with Smith is another example of a Bruins franchise that is adapting on the fly, even amid substantial bigger picture success.

  1. missthemexpos - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    It seems to me that there is something more to this story.

    • vapor54 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      miss- Agreed- & I wonder what Chiarelli means by “freshen up”.

    • raiderufan - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      Yeah…I mean most of the guys he drafted are at most 21 years old and while I admit I’m not 100% sure which picks he was involved in the youth on this team definitely had moments that injected energy and gave more hope for the future. The move is odd for sure.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      I have a feeling the falling out stems from Seguin. Wither Smith being upset with Chiarelli trading him. Or, Chiarelli being upset with Smith not being thorough enough in his evaluation of Seguin. If I had to guess, I think it’s the former. If it was the ladder I think Smith would have been gone before Seguin.

  2. imleftcoast - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    For God’s sake Gillis, do something right for once, and call this guy tomorrow.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Get a clue people, whose job do you think it was to do a background check on seguin? Who was responsible for figuring out what kind of character this guy had? Who in the organization is in charge of getting the 411 on the prospects?

    A team had to trade the second overall pick in the draft because of character issues and you gotta wonder where the scouting staff was in doing its due diligence. The kid was supposed to be it’s no.1 centre for the next decade or so, instead they have to re tool on the fly. Someone had to pay the price to keep peeps think the scouting staff won’t get it right from now on?

    • esracerx46 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      They didn’t HAVE to trade him…

      • spitfisher - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Yes, they did, for one reason alone…….insubordination, this is. A term that some young people don’t understand, there is always a reason, someone else’s fault. Insubordination is a term that makes you accountable.

        if they had one sit down meeting with Tyler and the desired results were not gained or in Tyler’s case he may have ignored them a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time.

        Get on the bus Gus!

        kaptaan, could be right on with his assessment of doing the research and homework for someone like Sequin ( or others). Certainly one does not have to look too far where owners-teams will take a more active role in not nly the athletic ability but core values and associations off ice/field going forward in all sports. Aron Hernandez obviously was a real eye opener when drafting, perhaps this new look at how players are drafted is the fresh look that PC eluded to.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Correct spitFisher. Going out to party on a work night and showing up wearing the same clothes three days straight allegedly, would be enough on top of other warnings to get anyone canned in the private sector, which is what the nhl is… being a professional means following company and corporate rules. The guy is an adult, time to act like one. I’m glad the Bruins held him to account and the guy in charge of scouting.

    • tmlhockeyfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      I don’t think scouting was the problem with Seguin at all. 100% on development. They should have let him start in juniors or the AHL instead of rushing him to the NHL and letting it go to his head.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Heavy is the head that wears the crown of picking the right young players. All this guy wishes right now is he was Bill Belichik so he could pick murderers and still keep his job.

    • spitfisher - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      @jcmeyer10………you know a lot……..about nothing.

      Please supply the facts to prove your assertion, can’t wait to hear these.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Whoa nelly, I’m a Pats/Bruins fan making a joke. I know we have been on the defensive but let’s just be…

        From Pulp Fiction:

        Jules: Now Yolanda, we’re not gonna do anything stupid, are we?

        Yolanda: You don’t hurt him.

        Jules: Nobody’s gonna hurt anybody. We’re gonna be like three little Fonzies here. And what’s Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda what’s Fonzie like?

        Yolanda: Cool?

        Jules: What?

        Yolanda: He’s cool.

        Jules: Correctamundo. And that’s what we’re gonna be. We’re gonna be cool. Now Ringo, I’m gonna count to three, and when I count three, you let go of your gun, and sit your ass down. But when you do it, you do it cool. Ready? One… two… three.

  5. nhstateline - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Drafted too many guys from the OHL. That’s a good league but it was like the Bruins kept trying to put the all OHL team together in Providence. This year’s draft signaled the change because suddenly now they’re trying to be the Swedish Elite League alumni association…..

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