8/22/19 | 5:12PM: John Davidson said on Sirius Radio on 8/20, “we have three strong development coaches in Ruutu, Ortmeyer and Glass. Having these guys working with these young players in Canada, Europe, USA, wherever, lets make sure they are on the right path to become the best hockey players they can become. We’ve revamped Hartford and we know our job is to develop these players properly. We have a skills coach, goalie coach, strength and conditioning coaches, three coaches, this is going to be a hands on, go get em attitude.”
8/21/19 | 2:22PM: The Rangers have confirmed that Tanner Glass and Tuomo Ruutu are joining the organization as assistant directors of player development.
From the Rangers release, “Glass and Ruutu will work with Director of Player Development Jed Ortmeyer to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. Glass will primarily work with Rangers prospects in North America, while Ruutu will primarily work with Rangers prospects in Europe.”
Chris Morehouse joins the Rangers as their Director of North American scouting after spending seven seasons in Columbus with the last three as the Blue Jackets assistant director of amateur scouting.
Marshall Davidson and Derek Ginnell, both formerly with Columbus join the Rangers as amateur scouts while Steve Konowalchuk will join the Rangers pro scouting staff after spending last season as an amateur scout for the Rangers.
David Cunniff is joining Kris Knoblauch and Gord Murphy as an assistant with Hartford. He has spent the past 17 seasons as an assistant or associate coach in the AHL with the affiliates for the Wild, Devils and Sharks.
Adam Rotter: These additions are where the Rangers can flex their muscles and add scouts or player development people without needing to fall under a salary cap. When John Davidson was hired he spoke about how James Dolan was giving him the green light to add resources and whatever was needed to help the Rangers become winners. There is no reason why the Rangers shouldn’t have the deepest group of scouts, consultants, development coaches, analytics people and such in the league.