Like all teams around the NHL, the Arizona Coyotes continue to make changes that they believe can help the organisation move forward in a positive way.
The latest of these changes has come in the scouting department, with the Coyotes hiring Kevin Thacker as an amateur scout.
Thacker has been heavily involved in the scouting scene around the Ontario Hockey League for the past five seasons, garnering the respect of the NHL club in the process.
He began his career as a scout for the Guelph Storm ahead of the 2014/15 season, taking on the dual role of Director of Player Personnel and Scouting Coordinator with the Oshawa Generals three years later.
According to the official press release by the Generals, Thacker will now join the Arizona Coyotes scouting department as an amateur scout based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Thacker will cover Eastern Conference teams in the QMJHL, which includes the likes of the Halifax Mooseheads, Cape Breton Eagles, Québec Remparts and Rimouski Océanic.
He will also cover Prep School teams in the Boston Area.
Making changes within the scouting department can lead to better results on Draft Day, something that general manager John Chayka will be aware of.
Adding a person like Thacker is a positive step for the Coyotes, with his experience working with one of the biggest Canadian major junior teams something the organisation will value highly.
It is interesting to see Thacker moved to a completely new area and league, with his five years of experience coming in the OHL, but his time in Ontario certainly have him prepared for his new role with the team.