Rangers nab Chris Drury as director of player development

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While we don’t know the particulars about his day-to-day life, it seems like this has been a stellar summer for Chris Drury.

Back in August, he learned that he’ll become a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Friday presented some other great news: the New York Rangers announced that he’ll be their director of player development.

“It’s a smart move for us to spend effort and time on development … I enjoy his approach to the game,” GM Jeff Gorton said. “We’re trying to add people in some key positions that have had different experiences … that can give us a fresh look.”

Drury, 39, finished his NHL career by playing four seasons with the Rangers, wrapping things up in 2010-11.

He generated 62 goals (including 10 game-winners) and 151 points in 264 regular season contests with New York; Drury also made dump trucks full of money there, as you may remember from various angry fans on message boards.

He obviously also made waves with the Colorado Avalanche (winning a Stanley Cup in 2001) and Buffalo Sabres, so he could impart plenty of lessons to developing prospects.

Blueshirts United goes deep on his duties:

In his role, Drury, 39, will be responsible for working with the team’s hockey operations department to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. He will serve as a liaison between the hockey operations department and prospects in the organization, and assist in the evaluation of the team’s prospects. Drury will work closely with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to further enhance the progression of Rangers prospects who are in professional hockey by providing encouragement and guidance. In addition, he will assist in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.