NHL

Oilers fire 4 scouts, coaching director ahead of NHL draft

The Edmonton Oilers have fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor and head pro scout Morey Gare as they head into this week's NHL draft with the first overall pick.

Edmonton holds 1st-overall pick

The Edmonton Oilers are gearing up for the NHL draft which begins on Friday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

The Edmonton Oilers have fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor and head pro scout Morey Gare as they head into this week's NHL draft with the first overall pick.

The Oilers also fired amateur scouts Brad Davis and Kent Hawley, pro scout Dave Semenko, and Billy Moores, director of coaching and special projects. Edmonton's scouting staff paid the price as the team has foundered at the bottom of the NHL standings in recent years despite having valuable draft picks.

"We have to get better drafting and developing players," Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations Peter Chiarelli said Monday.

The Oilers had the first-overall pick for three straight seasons from 2010 to 2012, selecting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov. Hall's career has been hampered by injuries, Yakupov has been a disappointment so far, and the Oilers have been unable to find the right players to build around their young core.

Edmonton has the first-overall pick again this year, and is all but certain to select phenom Connor McDavid.

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