The Las Vegas NHL expansion club, set to begin play in the 2017-18 season, announced another new hire on Thursday morning with the appointment of Erin Ginnell as an amateur scout for the club. The team confirmed the hire via official press release.
A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Ginnell has worked for the Florida Panthers for the last 14 NHL seasons, working first as an amateur scout and getting promoted to director of amateur scouting in time for the 2011-12 season. The two times the Panthers have made the postseason since 2000, Ginnell was working in his most recent role with the club.
Per the official release:
“Ginnell has been with the Florida Panthers for the past 14 years, serving as the Head Amateur Scout for the last six years. While with the Panthers, the team won two division titles in the 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 seasons.
Ginnell has also been a scout for ice hockey teams in Columbus and Colorado. He was a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they became an NHL expansion team and was with the Colorado Avalanche when the team went to the conference finals in the 2001-2002 season.”
As with a number of hires for the newly created Nevada-based expansion club, their newest scout has ties to the Washington Capitals organization. He was selected by Washington in the fourth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, just after fellow recently-hired scout David Conte left the Metropolitan Division organization as a scout himself.