Not alot of information about more experienced assistant GMs out there, which is where to look until Brodeur has more time under his belt.
Buffalo going with Botteril was very smart. His resume:
2007 Penguins Director of Hockey Administration - responsible for salary cap, contract negotiations, and some scouting
2009 Penguins Asst GM
2017 Buffalo GM
That's 10 years of experience before taking on a full general manager role and being involved in a transition which leaned heavily on their AHL team and younger players vice holding on to older veterans.
Names to consider with more experience right now:
Blackhawks Norm MacIver (11 years experience): 06-10 Director of Player Development, 11-12 Director of Player Personnel, 13-present Asst GM
Former Kings GM Dean Lombardi (no idea how many years experience, but more than 11)
Lightning Asst GM Julien Brisebois (14 years experience in management role):
Brisebois background wrote:
(2010 to present) He reports to Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman and assists him in all aspects of player personnel decisions, analytics, contract preparation and negotiation, as well as salary arbitration for the Lightning and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, for whom he also serves as general manager. BriseBois also manages interpretation of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap for Tampa Bay.
As general manager of the Lightning’s top affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, BriseBois has been the architect of teams that reached the Calder Cup Finals in two of the previous three seasons, including winning the championship in 2012. With the Lightning’s emphasis on drafting and development, the Crunch play an integral role in Tampa Bay’s success. During BriseBois’ tenure overseeing the Lightning’s top minor league affiliate, they have produced two AHL most valuable players, a defenseman of the year and have graduated numerous key players including 2013–2014 Calder Trophy Finalists Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat as well as head coach Jon Cooper.
During the 2011–2012 season, BriseBois’ Norfolk Admirals set a professional sports record with a 28-game winning streak that propelled Norfolk to the AHL’s best regular season record. The team’s regular season success continued in the playoffs as the Admirals won the organization’s first Calder Cup, the first championship by a Lightning AHL affiliate. BriseBois was instrumental in helping build the organization’s depth with signings that proved instrumental to the Lightning and the Admirals, demonstrated by nine players being recalled to Tampa Bay during the season. In 2010–2011 the Hockey News recognized BriseBois as the top hockey executive under 40 years of age in their annual “Top 40 Under 40” listing.
Prior to coming to Tampa Bay, BriseBois spent nine seasons with the Montreal Canadiens after joining the organization on September 1, 2001 as director of legal affairs. In July 2003 he added director of hockey operations to his duties before being named vice president of hockey operations on July 24, 2006. In this capacity, BriseBois oversaw the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went on to win the 2007 Calder Cup during the first season under BriseBois’ direction. On August 23, 2007 BriseBois was named the general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, making him the youngest in the AHL at the time.
As an American Hockey League general manager, BriseBois has hired two head coaches that have won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach of the year (Guy Boucher – Hamilton Bulldogs 2009–2010; Jon Cooper – Norfolk Admirals 2011–2012).
So those are all better options with more experience. Some of the guys Brisebois signed for the Crunch who wound up filling in this season for the Lightning weren't even drafted.