What Kelly Kisio would bring to the Flames is a popular question right now.
The Calgary Hitmen are in the Memorial cup and over the past few years have been perennial contenders in the WHL and there is a very simple reason for that. Drafting and trading. The Globe and mail is reporting that Kisio has a job waiting for him after the Memorial Cup and to be honest I like it but have some reservations.
The simple fact is that Kisio has an eye for talent, his trades are shrewd and he can run a team so as a right hand man for Darryl it sounds like a nice fit. He could bring with him an extensive scouting staff from the Hitmen than has a very good track record of knowing and picking future players. The Flames current scouting staff needs and overhaul but it is a tricky thing to do, unless of course you have a replacement scouting staff, like Kisio's, to bring in it's place or augment with.
Recently D.Sutter has garnered a reputation as a closed G.M. who listens to no one and advice could be met with venom so it will be interesting to see if this goes down and how it works. Bringing in a replacement G.M. will make Sutter more accountable, after all his replacement, temporary or otherwise, would be waiting in the wings. Sutter's outlook and ideal identity for his team have grown stale, with the fan and with the players, Kisio might be a nice breath of fresh air for a team desperately in need of one.
Some of the reasons I would like Kisio as an assistant G.M. of the Flames:
Has experience and success at a managerial level of a junior team. Since being the g.m of the Hitmen they made the playoffs every year and have twice won the WHL title, currently in the 2010 memorial cup.
Has players respect for playing over 750 games in the NHL.
Has a background in scouting and scouting for the Flames.
Bases success on drafting and astute trades.
Is already in Calgary and has a pulse for the city, team, players and organization.
On one of my recent blog comments "hockeycrazy" inquired about Kisio and from what I am hearing it is prophetic.