What We Know About the Blue Jackets' New Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting, Trevor Timmins

By Coby Maeir on September 23, 2022 at 10:15 am
Trevor Timmins
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Trevor Timmins is one of the newest members of the Blue Jackets front office.

On Thursday, the club announced they hired him as the assistant director of amateur scouting. Timmins spent the last 19 years working in various roles for the Montreal Canadiens, most recently as the assistant GM, a post he was fired from last November. On Thursday, the club announced they hired him as the assistant director of amateur scouting.

Before his time in Montreal, he worked for the Ottawa Senators, where he was promoted to Director of Hockey Operations during the 1998-99 season where he had success in the draft, according to this piece from habseyesontheprize.com.

Promoted to Director of Hockey Operations midway through the 1998-99 season, his drafting resume over the next four years featured the likes of Chris Kelly, Antoine Vermette, Brooks Laich, Ray Emery, Christoph Schubert, and Greg Zanon — all selected outside the first round. Timmins also hit on four out of his five first-rounders during this span: Martin Havlat (26th, ‘99), Anton Volchenkov (21st, ‘00), Jason Spezza (2nd, ‘01), and Tim Gleason (21st, ‘01), missing with Jakub Klepis (16th, ‘02)

His success didn't stop in Ottawa, though, as many of the players he's drafted in Montreal have had successful NHL careers, according to the piece. 

His early tenure with the Canadiens saw much of the same. From 2003 to 2006, the Habs added Maxim Lapierre, Ryan O’Byrne, Jaroslav Halak, Alexei Emelin, Mikhail Grabovski, Mark Streit, Guillaume Latendresse, Matt D’Agostini, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Ryan White from outside of the first round. As for first-round selections, David Fischer is one of the most famous flops in Canadiens draft history, while Andrei Kostitsyn (10th, ‘03) carved out a decent NHL career but could not live up to the lofty standards set by his draft-class peers.

These, however, were balanced out by the selection of franchise cornerstone Carey Price (5th, ‘05) and Timmins’ magnum opus: the class of 2007. With two first-rounders at his disposal, Timmins added Ryan McDonagh (12th) and Max Pacioretty (21st). He then added P.K. Subban (43rd) and Yannick Weber (73rd) to the mix. Together with Price, the class of 2007 would define the Canadiens for the next decade.

The Jackets made a handful of front office changes on Thursday, which you can see by clicking here.