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Bruins promote Keith Gretzky to Director of Amateur Scouting, hire P.J. Axelsson

08.20.13 at 5:19 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have promoted Keith Gretzky to Director of Amateur Scouting, hired P.J. Axelsson as a European amateur scout and hired Keith Sullivan as an amateur scout.

Gretzky, who is the brother of Wayne Gretzky, has been with the Bruins as an amateur scout since 2011. He replaces Wayne Smith, who was fired this offseason following the draft. Smith had been the team’s Director of Amateur Scouting since 2007. In that span, the Bruins have had a shaky go of it with their first-round picks, as top-10 picks Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton are the only sure-fire NHLers, while 2007 eighth overall pick Zach Hamill has been a career AHLer, playing in four organizations with just 20 NHL games and has been viewed largely as a bust.

Axelsson rejoins the Bruins after spending his entire NHL career with the Bruins from 1997-2009. In 797 games, the 1995 seventh-sound pick had 103 goals and 184 assists for 287 points. He will be based out of Sweden.

Sullivan was a scout for the Coytotes from 2007-11 before scouting for the Jets in 2011-12. He was the general manager of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL last season and will be based out of Omaha.

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