Remember like 48 hours ago when we were discussing how the Las Vegas front office is filled with a bunch of older, heavily experienced guys, and that we would like to see some younger fresher blood? Well, either George McPhee read the article (likely) or they had been planning a new scout hire for a while and the timing is just a nice coincidence (unlikely). Either way, that average age of 55 just took a pretty significant hit.
Raphaël Pouliot, formerly of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) has been brought to Vegas as the team’s fifth Amateur Scout. He’s a whopping 25-years-old and has already gone from player at the University of Moncton to Head Scout of the Huskies to NHL scout in less than three years.
This is exactly what Jason was speaking about in his previous article and what we discussed a bit on the podcast last night. Age diversity was necessary in the Las Vegas front office as a way to embrace a newer style of thinking younger hockey minds tend to bring to the table.
On June 23rd, the day after Las Vegas was awarded its NHL franchise, Pouliot was promoted from Head Scout to Deputy Director General (or something like that, you just never know when translating French to English), further proving he was highly regarded.
Pouliot’s Huskies also beat Kelly McCrimmon’s Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2016 Memorial Cup. Can’t wait to hear some good old fashioned Canadian Hockey League trash talk!
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