The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that they have hired Nick Bobrov as co-director of amateur scouting and Vincent Lecavalier as special advisor to hockey operations.
Bobrov will work alongside Martin Lapointe, who served as Director of Player Personnel and oversaw the Amatuer scouting department for the Montreal Canadiens under the Marc Bergevin regime. Bobrov will oversee the draft department together with Lapointe, who will remain the director of player personnel and co-director of amateur scouting.
Bobrov was Director of European Scouting with the New York Rangers from 2015 to 2021, and worked under Canadiens executive vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton, until Gorton – who was the Rangers general manager – and he was fired by the Rangers last May. Bobrov also held the same position with the Boston Bruins between 2001 and 2006.
After trading Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames this past Monday, the Montreal Canadiens now have two first-round picks in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft that is slated to take place in Montreal at the Bell Centre, July 7-9.
Lecavalier, a native of Île Bizard, QC, played 17 seasons in the NHL, amassing 949 points in 1,212 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings. Lecavalier was selected first overall by the Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft Draft, won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004 and the Maurice Richard Trophy with 52 goals during the 2006-07 season. New Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis played with Lecavalier and was his teammate on that 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team.
Since November 28, the Montreal Canadiens have fired their GM, Marc Bergevin, assistant GM Trevor Timmins, senior vice president of public affairs and communications Paul Wilson, and head coach Dominque Ducharme. They have hired Gorton, former NHL player agent Kent Hughes as their general manager, St. Louis as their new interim head coach, and now Bobrov and Lecavalier.
On Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens got their first win under their new head coach with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.