After 15 seasons of being with the Blackhawks organization and winning three Stanley Cups, VP of amateur scouting Mark Kelley was let go today. Mike Donaghey will oversee the amateur scouting on an interim basis.
Kelley was there when the Blackhawks drafted Kane in 2007. Other first round picks include Phillip Danault in 2011, Teuvo Teravainen in 2012, Ryan Hartman in 2013, and Nick Schmaltz in 2014. He also helped find gems outside the first round such as Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, and Alex DeBrincat.
With the Blackhawks prospect pool so thin and Kyle Davidson taking over as general manager, I think it was best that both sides went their separate ways. I do believe Mark Kelley will find a job with another team and help with their amateur scouting.
Assistant GM Ryan Stewart was let go today as well. He was also with the organization for 15 seasons.
Kyle Davidson is not wasting anytime shaping this front office the way he wants it.