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Seattle Kraken Expands its Scouting Department with 12 New Hires

Scouting group solidifies Hockey Operations department ahead of 2021 Draft

by Press Release / @NHLSeattle_ /

SEATTLE - Oct. 30, 2020 - Today, the Seattle Kraken announced the hiring of its Director of Amateur Scouting and 11 scouts who will join the Hockey Operations department as the franchise continues to prepare for its National Hockey League (NHL) debut in the 2021-22 season 

The new scouts include: 

  • Robert Kron, Director of Amateur Scouting
  • Jeff Crisp, Amateur Scout
  • Mike Dawson, Amateur Scout
  • Pelle Eklund, European Scout
  • Marcus Fingal, European Scout
  • Sasu Hovi, European Scout 
  • Tony MacDonald, Amateur Scout
  • Tom O'Connor, Amateur Scout
  • Thomas Plante, Amateur Scout
  • Aleksandr Plyushev, European Scount
  • Trevor Stienburg, Amateur Scout
  • Darren Yopyk, Amateur Scout

Building a Global Scouting Program 
This seasoned group of scouts will be led by Robert Kron as the Director of Amateur Scouting. Kron, a former NHLer, joins the Kraken from the Carolina Hurricanes where he served as the Director of European Scouting. He brings over a decade of NHL scouting experience to the Kraken. 

"I am excited to announce the members of the first Seattle Kraken Amateur Scouting Staff," said General Manager Ron Francis. "We have hired key people with significant experience evaluating prospects and we are well positioned to view players throughout the world."  

"I am thrilled to join the Kraken," said Kron. "I am also excited to be working alongside this impressive staff as we work towards shaping and building the future foundation of the Seattle Kraken for the city of Seattle and our fans."  

The Seattle Kraken will begin their inaugural season in the 2021-22 NHL season at Climate Pledge Arena. 

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