After announcing that he will be leaving his position as the Ontario Hockey League’s director of scouting, Rob Kitamura is now said to be joining the scouting staff of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kitamura is known for having a keen eye for talent. He has overseen the last seven OHL priority selections, in which players like Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban were produced. Kitamura and the OHL are also responsible for producing the last four first-overall draft picks to the NHL (Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, and Taylor Hall).
Kitamura will now be joining forces with Al Murray, the Bolts’ director of amateur scouting, heading into this year’s NHL entry draft at the end of the month in Minnesota. Kitamura will come into the draft with the knowledge of top OHL prospects already in mind.
As for Murray, he told NHL.com that he knows just what GM Steve Yzerman is looking for.
“Size is not as big a factor as it used to be. The bigger, stronger player that didn’t have speed and quickness is not as effective as he used to be … You want people with intelligence and competitiveness.”
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