Martin Gelinas, whose last stint in the NHL was with the Nashville Predators, has been named the Director of Player Development for the Preds. Gelinas, the former 7th round pick of the L.A. Kings in the 1988 entry draft, won a Stanley Cup with the 1989 Edmonton Oilers. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks, the Quebec Nordiques, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Calgary Flames, and the Florida Panthers, in addition to the Predators. A torn ACL ended Gelinas' season with the Predators in 2007, his last in the NHL.
As the Director of Player Development, Gelinas will be responsible for following the prospects drafted by the Predators and will assist them in their development to the NHL. He will work with prospects in North America and Europe.
This is a great move by the Predators and David Poile. Marty was a great locker room presence, solid on the ice, and is a class act. Having someone of this caliber that can share his on and off ice expertise and experience bodes well for the prospects in the Predators system.