Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting leaves Rangers – .

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Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting leaves Rangers – .


Today, the New York Rangers announced that they have hired John Lilley to be their director of amateur scouting and director of player personnel.

Lilley has worked in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ scouting department since 2006, four years after his playing career with the WCHL Long Beach Ice Dogs ended, which included 33 games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Lilley rose through the ranks from Amateur Scout to responsible for all American scouting for the Maple Leafs, and after the front office reorganization following the departure of Mark Hunters, Lilley became Director of Amatuer Scouting.

Lilley had had a big say with Dubas and Shanahan over the last four drafts and we can cheer him on for Nick Robertson and Rasmus Sandin, and I hope more gems will be revealed from his reign as Chief Scout.

You can see his Q&A on his Leafs final draft below:

The Maple Leafs have not currently made an announcement regarding his departure or successor.

Tim Speltz is currently the Head Amatuer Scout and has been with the Leafs since 2016. He previously served as General Manager of the WHL Spokane Chiefs for 26 years.

Ari Vuori is the Head of European Scouting and joined the Leafs a year earlier in 2015, and has worked in NHL Scouting since 1996.

Either could be possible contenders for the amateur first place or the Leafs could bring in someone from outside the organization.

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