The Nashville Predators have promoted Scott Nichol to Assistant GM. He will also continue to serve as GM of the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators AHL affiliate, and will be the organization’s Director of Player Development.
“I’m proud to announce Scott’s deserved promotion to Assistant General Manager,” says President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile. “In the last few years, he has taken on more and more responsibility–from running our player development, to being in charge of our team in Milwaukee–and I feel this next step is right for both Scott and our organization. When you combine Scott’s work ethic and foundational understanding of what it takes to work in the NHL, you can see why he has been able to be successful at this level. With Scott joining our two other Assistant General Managers in Jeff Kealty, who oversees our pro and amateur scouting, and Brian Poile, who runs our hockey operations, I’m proud of the homegrown management staff we have assembled.”
The 2021-22 season will be Nichol’s 13th with the Predators organization, serving as Director of Player Development since 2013, GM of the Admirals since 2018, and a player from 2005-09. During his eight season as Director of Player Development, Nichol has helped players secure full-time spots in the NHL with the Predators, including Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons, Eeli Tolvanen, Alexandre Carrier, Yakov Trenin, Tanner Jeannot and Mathieu Olivier.
“I’m very excited and honored by this announcement,” comments Nichol. “I think we have a really good management team here in Nashville, and we each bring a different skillset. I’d like to thank David for sharing his experience and knowledge with me – he has helped me work toward this point in my career, and he runs a team that has an inclusive environment with a lot of communication and trust. I’ve been very lucky to have been able to join the Predators organization after the end of my playing career and I’m excited to see what the future has in store.”
In the 2019-20 season, the Edmonton, Akberta native engineered a Milwaukee club that went 41-14-5-3 (90 points) and won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions. The Admirals had the AHL’s best defense, allowing just 2.24 goals per game, and the team’s offense ranked seventh in scoring (3.35).
Nichol rejoined the Predators organization in May 2013 after completing a 20-season professional career that spanned from 1994-2012. He played four seasons with the Predators, posting 47 points in 209 games. A veteran of 662 career NHL games, he played with Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis.
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