With change, comes change.
The Flyers’ new regime is in place with general manager Daniel Briere and president of hockey operations Keith Jones. Making changes is inevitable with new leadership.
In this case, making changes started with a restructuring of the front office. There were three promotions, all coming from within the organization. The promotions come with the NHL Draft less than a month away — June 28-29.
Alyn McCauley has been promoted to assistant general manager. Riley Armstrong has been promoted to director of player development. Nick Schultz was promoted to assistant director of player development, according to Briere.
“I’m excited to announce the promotions of Alyn, Riley and Nick,” Briere said in a statement. “These three have been around the organization for some time, in particularly, with our current prospects and young players, so I know they will each provide the direction and leadership that is necessary to get our future assets to the NHL level.”
As part of the restructure, the Flyers “have relieved” Mike O’Connell, John Riley and Kjell Samuelsson of their duties.
McCauley, in his seventh season with the Flyers, will oversee the pro scouting department and player personnel, plus Lehigh Valley’s hockey operations staff. McCauley had been the Flyers’ director of player personnel since February, 2022. He was a pro scout from 2018-22. Before joining the Flyers, he spent nine seasons with the Los Angeles Kings as a pro scout starting in 2009.
Armstrong is in his third season with the Flyers. He will be responsible for developing prospects and “helping all the young players grow into the professional game as they develop in the AHL with Lehigh Valley.”
He was the Phantoms’ assistant coach the past two seasons and previously was head coach of the Maine Mariners. He was assistant GM, working with Briere, for the 2019-20 season.
Schultz, in his fifth season with the Flyers, will work directly with Armstrong. He was the Flyers’ player development coach for the last four seasons. Schultz played 1,069 NHL games with the Flyers, Minnesota, Edmonton and Columbus.