Hopefully he isn't teaching any on-ice etiquette courses, such as "Spearing Your Opponent In The Junk".
Seriously he's a good dude and always knew how to prepare for the NHL in terms of game-by-game and just being a professional in general. Definitely a good replacement for Gelinas and it's really great to see a guy who left the organization who now wants to come back and work for them.
Radulov and Suter get a lot of press, but they seem to be the exception when it comes to players not wanting to be here.
so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score
Gelinas brought a little bit more of that, but the job is to help develop our younger players into professional athletes, not work with them on any specific skill. In that sense, Nichol is a good fit. He overcame his shortcomings to battle out a long NHL career and has many stories to use with the prospects about battling through the ups and downs in his career to make it to the show. While Gelinas had that name recognition to bring him instant credibility with the prospects, which he did not need, Nichol just retired from the NHL, so he brings the credibility of having current stories and techniques.
Im thinking this position is more of a "watchdog" type who checks on players in the summer and makes sure they are doing their conditioning and drills, etc
if Im wrong and this position is actually supposed to be someone who helps players develop their skills, then Scooter may not be the best choice..
Nichol will be on the ice with the players at prospect camps, but will spend the majority of his time traveling around to visit our various prospect locales spread put across the globe to see how they are doing, provide advice, and build a relationship with them.
I was just being snarky. He could be our fighting instructor though, remember when he was jumping to beat up joe thornton. still the funniest fight I have seen
I remember!! Always loved watching guys like Scooter and Sully mixing it up. Not sure sucker punching is a skill he should teach the young ones. I'm sure his value lies in his actions and experiences outside the public eye.