Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill continues to build his front office team, naming Hockey Canada player personnel director Ryan Jankowski his new director of amateur scouting.
Greg Royce had been in that role but was fired in April along with former GM Tim Murray. Head amateur scout Jeff Crisp, in his first year in Buffalo after 13 years in Anaheim, essentially filled in that role for the draft last month in Chicago. Crisp has now been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.
Jankowski was hired by Hockey Canada in 2013 as head scout after a 10-year NHL front office career with Montreal and the New York Islanders. He later earned his personnel director promotion, a slot that saw him oversee evaluation for Canada's national junior team, as well as the country’s under-18 and under-17 programs.
Jankowski spent three seasons as an amateur scout for the Canadiens (2010-11 to 2012-13) and four as assistant general manager during a seven-year stretch with the Islanders (2003-04 to 2009-10). With the Islanders, the Calgary native was part of the staff responsible for drafts. That included the first-round selection of current Sabres forward Kyle Okposo at No. 7 overall in 2006.