Chris Hajt (via guelphstorm.com)The Guelph Storm, caught in arms race that is the Ontario Hockey League's Midwest Division, shuffled their organizational structure on Monday by promoting assistant coach Chris Hajt to assistant general manager, with an emphasis on the scouting and recruitment of American-born players.
It's a good move by the Storm, who chose to bolster their own organization rather than succumb to the recruiting dominance of Kitchener and London. The Rangers have brought aboard Ryan MacInnis, Nick Magyar and Mason Kohn, while London was able to bring Montreal Canadiens first rounder Mike McCarron north and also Wisconsin-commit Christian Dvorak. It's an alarming rate that these two franchises are able to get American-born players to shake their NCAA prospects, so the line in the Storm's press release could be taken as a signal that general manager Mike Kelly is willing to try to compete with those two teams on the same plane:
With his new position, Hajt fills an organizational need that was evident at the management level. As such he will work with Mike Kelly in all areas of hockey operations, including scouting (with particular emphasis on US based teams and players), prospect development, OHL and Import drafts as well as team administration, public relations and business relations.
“Chris is a proven OHL coach who also has significant management abilities. Having him help me with the hockey operation side of things makes us a better team now and in the future,” Storm GM Mike Kelly said.
Our friend Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey had a great post up Monday on the recruiting battle between the Canadian Hockey League and the NCAA. Are the Storm indicating that they want in?Read More »from Guelph Storm management shakeup; eyeing American-born players?