Minnesota Wild hire former Canucks top scout Judd Brackett

Jul 9 2020, 5:12 pm

Judd Brackett has a new job, working for the enemy.

The Minnesota Wild have hired the most famous scout in Vancouver Canucks history, bringing Brackett to the State of Hockey as their new director of amateur scouting.

“We are excited to add Judd to this role and oversee our amateur scouting efforts,” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

While Brackett won’t be able to help the Wild during their upcoming best-of-five series against the Canucks next month, it does add a twist of intrigue to the newfound rivalry.

The 43-year-old draft guru helped restock the Canucks’ prospect pool for the last 12 years, before an apparent falling out with Canucks GM Jim Benning led to him parting ways with the team on May 29.

“Judd’s looking for another opportunity, a fresh start, and so are we,” Benning said at the time.

The Canucks have yet to replace Brackett, who was promoted to lead the team’s amateur scouting department in 2015. The NHL Draft is tentatively scheduled for October.

Vancouver won’t have a pick until the third round of the draft if they beat Minnesota, thus qualifying for the 16-team playoffs. Then again, they could pick as high as first overall if they lose the series.

Such is life in the National Hockey League in the year 2020.

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