There are smart personnel moves made all the time in professional sports. The Nashville Predators may have just made one of the smartest moves in hiring Scott Nichol as their director of player development.
Nichol just retired from the St. Louis Blues and played for the Predators from 2005-09. The job had been open for a year, and putting Nichol into this spot gives Nashville someone who completely understands everything about the organization.
Nichol played in 662 career games and had 211 points. The key to this is obviously that Nichol played with the team for a long time. He is only 38-years old, so he could be in this job for a long time if things work out for him. This is an important move for a team that struggled all season in scoring goals. The Predators have to hope that Nichol can look at the team’s minor league players and identify a couple who can help the team now.
The team can’t leave all the pressure to Pekka Rinne again next season, especially with the goalie coming off an injury. Nichol knows what to say to young players about his struggles coming into the league, and maybe he can inspire some new talent for the Predators. It sounds like they had been waiting for Nichol to retire so they could fill this position because he was seen as the right choice.
The next couple of years will be the true indication of how smart this decision was for the Predators. I have to think that Nashville did the right thing with this hire. They won’t regret it.