It is interesting, and perhaps prophetic that the first two moves Marc Bergevin has made as Canadiens general manager centre on the team’s scouting department. Bergevin’s first public move was his request to enter negotiations for Toronto assistant general manager Rick Dudley who’s expertise is in scouting. That deal will probably not be completed until after the NHL entry draft.
So, today’s hiring of Bobby Kinsella as Canadiens Midwest scout becomes Bergevin’s first officially completed move. A Brockton Massachusetts native, the 37 year old Kinsella was the director of scouting and assistant coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the junior United States Hockey League. Kinsella will relocate to Chicago and his scouting efforts will focus on the United States Hockey League, the NCAA and top-tier high school and Midget programs. Kinsella will be Montreal’s first full-time scout specifically hired to evaluate USHL players which has become a major source of NHL draft talent. Louis Leblanc, Max Pacioretty, Aaron Palushaj and Danny Kristo played in the league before going to the NCAA ranks.
Kinsella is noted for his work ethic. He reportedly scouted more than 200 games for the Saints this season and filed reports on nearly 1,100 players prior to the USHL’s Futures Draft and Entry Draft.
Kinsella was quoted on the USHL Web Site
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, and I’m excited about working for a first-class organization that does things the right way,” Kinsella said. “When you look at the number of championships they’ve won and the number of Hall of Famers they’ve produced, you compare the Canadiens to the New York Yankees in baseball and the Boston Celtics in basketball.”