The Arizona Coyotes spent the entire 2016-17 season operating without anyone serving as the team’s assistant general manager under GM John Chayka.
Reports out of the team suggest an internal promotion will change that for the upcoming year.
Craig Morgan of FanRag Sports reported that the team is moving former development coach and current Director of Player Development Steve Sullivan to the role of assistant general manager for the upcoming year, giving him his second promotion in two seasons.
A native of Timmins, Ontario, Sullivan was drafted 233rd overall by the New Jersey Devils at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
He would go on to have an illustrious NHL career, skating out in 1,011 regular-season games between the Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, and then-Phoenix Coyotes. The undersized forward was good for 290 goals and 747 points in the process, despite never managing to take home a Stanley Cup victory.
After hanging up his skates in 2013, Sullivan moved into a player development role with the Coyotes in 2014, and has been with the club’s front office ever since.
For Arizona, sticking with an internal hire is a positive move, particularly given the success that the team’s younger players have seen in the last few years with Sullivan in a development role. With names like Christian Dvorak, Tobias Rieder, Max Domi, and Jordan Martinook all succeeding in recent seasons, the Pacific Division club may feel that the former NHLers body of work is strong enough to bring him on board with the analytics-minded general manager already in place.