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Canucks Officially Let Go of Judd Brackett: Mistake or Overblown Move?

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2017 NHL Draft - Round One
Fifth overall pick Elias Pettersson, chairman Francesco Aquilini, general manger Jim Benning, and director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett pose for a photo onstage during Round One of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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The news today dropped on a sunny Friday in Vancouver, and it didn’t come as much of a shock to anyone.

To no one’s surprise, the Canucks officially let go of Amateur Scouting Director Judd Brackett. The Massachusetts native had been with the Canucks as a scout since 2008, before being promoted to Amateur Scouting Director in 2015.

There was some thought that they might try to keep him until the conclusion of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, but clearly that didn’t work out.

However, Benning did say that they did offer Brackett a two-year deal.

Without any hockey games being played since March, this was a very contentious topic in Vancouver as news of his departure began to grow.

That’s especially true when you read tidbits like this from local reporters.

While it’s not fair to give credit Brackett for everything the organization has done draft-wise since 2008, it’s believed his greatest impact came from scouting the USHL and High School Hockey ranks.

However, without full-on access behind the scenes, it’s impossible to know how great Brackett’s impact was. Those who believe that the Canucks letting go of Brackett was overblown will point to the fact that he was part of the organization during a truly awful stretch of drafting between 2008 to 2012.

Of course, Brackett was just a scout, not the Amateur Scouting Director, at the time, so that take may be oversimplified.

Arguably, the most frustrating part of the whole situation, was that the Brackett & Benning partnership had worked for the Canucks, at least in terms of results, since 2015.

The one blip on the Canucks drafting radar over that time was 2016. However, it was reported that Benning wanted Juolevi but since that pick, Brackett has had a bigger say in the organization’s draft picks.

The next year, in 2017, the Canucks arguably had their best draft in 20 years.

While we don’t have a crystal ball, I’d argue that this isn’t a great day for the organization. This organization has already cut ties with Trevor Linden and now Brackett without plans to replace either. Benning and Jim Weisbrod now have a lot of control over this team. Even if you’re a fan of the duo, do you think they’re taking on too much responsibility?

I’ll finish on a positive note for the pro-Benning crowd. In 2014, Benning was hired largely because of his work as a scout. He’s worked in scouting for more than 20 years and has stated multiple times that it’s a passion of his, just like his father before him. That being said, having fewer intelligent people to analyze and debate prospects isn’t necessarily a good thing. It will be interesting to see if and when replacements are made, but in the meantime, there’s clearly a hole in the organization.

So, what are your thoughts on the Canucks officially letting go of Judd Brackett? Was it a mistake by the organization, or was this whole thing overblown?


What do you think of the Judd Brackett firing?

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  • 56%
    It was a mistake.
    (87 votes)
  • 43%
    The whole story has been overblown.
    (67 votes)
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