The Rangers opened their annual spring scouting meetings in Palm Springs, California, with many items on the agenda for discussion. The Blueshirt brass, led by President and General Manager Glen Sather, Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney and Vice President of Player Development Tom Renney, will gather alongside the team's scouting and hockey administration staff to touch upon the head coaching situation, the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, impending free agency, Blueshirt amateur prospects and other team-related items.
With the 2003 NHL Entry Draft quickly approaching (June 21-22 in Nashville), the amateur scouting staff is hard at work reviewing an entire season's worth of player information that has been collected from time spent in thousands of rinks across North America and Europe. The Rangers amateur scouting staff consists of Rich Brown, Ray Clearwater, Andre Beaulieu, Jan Gajdosik, Ernie Gare, Martin Madden, Jr., Christer Rockstrom, Bob Crocker, Jamie McDonald, Shanon Sather and Leonid Vaysfeld.
Meanwhile, the club's professional scouting staff, consisting of Dave Brown, Gordie Clark, Harry Howell, Gilles Leger, Ron Low and Brad Park, is reviewing their season's worth of player notes from countless hours spent in arenas across North America, spanning the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League. The group will discuss the current Rangers roster as well as players who might be available via trade or free agency.
"During the meetings, we hope to secure as close as possible, our amateur draft list," noted Renney. "In keeping with our long-term plan for the Rangers, we will review all candidates who are draft eligible, but more precisely, those who fit the future of the organization."
"On the pro side, we will review every organization through their depth charts and rank each player on the NHL team as well as the affiliate teams. Our intention in this process is to identify those players that may bring some appeal to us, and strengthen the Rangers, should we decide to make a deal. Of course, we will also look very closely at our own organization and evaluate all of our players, including those in the system both in North America and Europe."