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Sabres reshape scouting staff with double-digit changes

The reshaping of the Sabres' hockey department has continued throughout the summer, including the expected overhaul of the scouting staff.

General Manager Jason Botterill has made double-digit changes to his scouting department since taking over in May. At present, there are three scouting heads/directors, two coordinators, three professional scouts and 11 amateur scouts.

The Sabres announced in July that Ryan Jankowski would serve as director of amateur scouting, while Jeff Crisp would assume the role of assistant director of amateur scouting after being head amateur scout.

Jerry Forton has been named head of collegiate scouting after serving as assistant director of scouting. Graham Beamish (pro scouting coordinator) and Austin Dunne (amateur scouting coordinator) have retained their respective roles, according to the Sabres' staff directory.

The pro scouting staff consists of holdover John Van Boxmeer, the former Sabres defenseman and assistant coach, and newcomers Jeremiah Crowe and Mark Mowers.

Jeremiah Crowe was an assistant coach at Buffalo State from 2011 to 2014. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo State Athletics)

Crowe grew up in Kenmore and was an assistant coach at Buffalo State after playing defense for Clarkson University. He spent the past two seasons as director of player personnel for the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Mowers worked as a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens the past five seasons.

The amateur scouting staff features four holdovers and seven newcomers. Jan Axel-Alavaara, Teemu Numminen and Mike Rooney remain, while longtime fixture Kevin Devine has been reassigned as an amateur scout after serving as director of player personnel.

The hirings include Cory Banika, Scott Halpenny, Frank Musil, Tom O'Connor, Ron Pyette, Rob Riley and Matt Tiesling.

Banika has spent the past five seasons as an amateur scout for the St. Louis Blues. Halpenny worked six seasons for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, including the past two as director of scouting. Musil spent the previous 16 seasons as an amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers and was also an assistant coach for the Czech Republic during the 2014 Olympics.

Riley was an amateur scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets for nine seasons and has extensive coaching experience. He was head coach of Army's collegiate team for nearly two decades and spent two years coaching the Blue Jackets' affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Pyette has 11 years of amateur scouting experience, including the last nine with the Pittsburgh Penguins. O'Connor scouted for the U.S. National Team Development Program and worked for NHL Central Scouting. Tiesling previously worked as an agent.

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