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If Penguins want to focus on scouting and development, how ’bout Paul Fenton as GM?

May 26, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, on the Penguins’ search for a new general manager to replace Ray Shero:

Penguins ownership is said to prefer the new general manager to have a successful background in scouting and development, believing the franchise needs to improve most in those areas.

No real surprise there. As we noted here, the Pens have not drafted a player that’s appeared in more than 100 NHL games since 2007 (Jake Muzzin and Dustin Jeffrey).

In fact, Pittsburgh’s situation — i.e., not getting that all-important “support from the bottom” — closely mirrors that of Vancouver’s. The Canucks hired Jim Benning as their new GM, based largely on the success he’s had as a “talent evaluator.” Back in January, the Sabres went a similar route with Tim Murray.

Among the potential candidates for the Penguins job, if drafting and developing is indeed where ownership wants to focus, current Nashville AGM Paul Fenton might be a fit.

From Fenton’s bio on the Predators’ website:

He has assisted in player acquisitions since joining the Predators and managed the club’s Entry Draft efforts from 2003 (when the team selected Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Sulzer) until 2008 when he passed the torch to Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty.

In 2012-13, the Predators used 17 players drafted and developed by the team – which included 10 of the team’s top 12 point getters – and five more who were acquired by Nashville before making their NHL debut, meaning 22 of 34 players used by the Predators in each of the last two seasons have been “homegrown.”

  1. twinsfan878787 - May 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    They should hire Lil B aka “Based God” as their new GM. He would bring the swag necessary to turn this franchise around. He is also very good at scouting. #StayBased

  2. phillyphannnn83 - May 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Yup, terrible drafting when the league isn’t spoon-feeding you the greatest players in the game. That junk franchise has been exposed.

    • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      What is the Flyers excuse for being losers?

    • steelcity333 - May 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      And all the “great” drafts by the Flyers has brought them what? Other than signing free agents to horrible contracts of course. Penguins are still closer to winning a Cup than Philly. In a disappointing year the Penguins still make it further than the Flyers.

      • lowenni - May 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        I hate the Penguins, but steelcity333 just won that debate by a landslide phillyphan…

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Congrats on being happy with losing as long as you make it further than the Flyers. Of course that only applies when you don’t actually have to play the Flyers.

      • flyerspsu - May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        to be fair I wouldnt call the Flyers losers, since they joined the league they are 1st in final appearances, 1st conference in final appearances (3 more than 2nd), 2nd in playoff appearances and 3rd in division championships

        now you will say yeah but they lost in the finals the last 6 times and havnt won since 75, sure and you have a case, but look at who they lost to

        1976 – Canadiens who won their 1st of 4 straight cups
        1980 – Islanders who won their 1st of 4 straight cups
        1985 – Oilers who won their 2nd in a stretch of 4 in 5 years
        1987 – Oilers who won their 3rd in a stretch of 4 in 5 years
        1997 – Red Wings who won their 1st of back to back cups and 3 in 6 years
        2010 – Blackhawks who won 2 in 4 years and possibly 3 in 5

        now you might not agree the last 2 are dynasties, although if the Hawks win this year it would be tough to argue, but the previous 4 were against unbelievable dynasties that were close to impossible to beat and were just starting or in the peak of their dynasty runs

        make fun of the Flyers all you want for being “losers” or “not being relevant since 1975”, but anybody who actually knows the franchises history would know they are far, far from losers and have been anything but irrelevant, in fact they are with the Bruins and Wings as the 3 most consistent teams at the top

    • chanceoffleury - May 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      So, phillyphan, since the Pens are so inept why don’t you go ahead and share the Flyers’ wealth of drafting knowledge with the rest of us. Go ahead, list all the Flyers that were on the roster in 2014 that were drafted by Philly outside of the first round. Actually, I’ll save you some time and get it started for you:

      1. Zac Rinaldo

      That’s it. That’s the whole list.

      • c9castine - May 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        haha wow. and quite the pick that was…

      • flyerspsu - May 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        c9castine he was a 6th round pick … not sure what you are getting at, he has played the 2nd most games in the NHL out everybody drafted in that round

  3. mitchem85 - May 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Lmao steelcity just shut em down! If I was that other guy, I probably wouldn’t respond back. Hahaha got em! Poo @$$ flyers! Just like the eagles!

    • 19to77 - May 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      “Poo ass Flyers”? What are you, eight?

      • handsofsweed - May 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        LOL @ you. You spell “right” with an “e.”

      • 19to77 - May 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Okay, gotta admit, that gave me a good laugh.

  4. penvik - May 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Probably not 8, just doesn’t want to use profanity on a talk forum. That makes him look older and mature. The comment,
    “What are you eight?” Actually makes you look young. I love the Flyer fans, how they just can’t stop themselves from following everything Pittsburgh, Ha ha!, been going on for years and they just keep coming.
    Flyer fans, you do know that most Penguin fans could care less about your team. It’s funny how you guys are addicted to ours though. 1975!!!!! Forever

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      You guys are addicted to bankruptcy.

      • mangoman1966 - May 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Your grasping at straws little man. Go away til next season.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Maybe you should follow your own advice, bud.

    • flyerspsu - May 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      seriously? there are trolls in both teams fanbase, dont even try to claim its only Flyers fans and not at all for the pens fans

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