The Devils have announced that Andy Schneider and Patrick Rissmiller are the newest addition to the revamped front office. This announcement came Wednesday morning and indicates Shero's continual work to solidify his front office.
Schneider, who previously worked with Paul Castron in Columbus, will take a position as an amateur scout for the organization. Schneider who played 10 NHL games with the Senators, had a successful pro career outside of the NHL, including stints in both Germany and Austria.In addition to his work with the Blue Jackets, Schneider has served as a coach with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.
Schneider's hire represents the continuation of who Paul Castron feels is the best of his staff in Columbus. If the Blue Jackets' draft record is any indication, these two seem to have a successful record. Under their scouting tenure together, top prospects such as Alexander Wennberg, Kerby Rychel, Marko Dano, and Zach Werenski were chosen. All offensive studs who New Jersey's prospect system could use a little bit more of.
Along with the hire of Schneider, the Devils announced the addition of Patrick Rissmiller as a development coach. Rissmiller, recently retired from pro hockey joins the Devils as a development coach for players throughout the organization. According to the press release, Shero claims, "He will work with all of the players in our organization, as well as our prospects. We feel that he is the ideal individual with the necessary experience and background for this position."
For younger players, Rissmiller brings an element of recent experience and will only improve their conditioning as he is still relatively young(36 years old) and played in the NHL as recently as 2013. An development coach to help work and condition younger players could serve to benefit Albany as some of the veterans such as Tim Sestito have moved on from the team.
Shero's newest decision certainly has brought more expereince to the staff but will it be for the better? How do you feel about the hires? Will Rissmiller be able to get the most out of the younger players? How will Schneider influence future drafts? Let us know your thoughts and leave some comments below. Thanks for reading!