Sather's ranger draft pattern
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03-29-2004, 02:12 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Originally Posted by
nyr7 i agree and disagree
the draft is a complete crapshoot, someone with all the talent in the world may be a top ten pick but may not have the work ethic or the right frame of mind to ever put those skills to use in the nhl, now id like to say drafting a d-man in the first round guarantees he will be a top 2 d-man, but you know that isnt true at all, you even said it yourself tyutin slipped and we got him in the 2nd round and it was our gain
Crapshoot? Believe it or not, teams don't just look at the talent of a player before they draft him. They invest lots of time and money into looking at these kids physically and psychologically. Interviews, among other things, help a team get a look into a player. Some teams assess the "risk" factor on whether a guys attitude or working habits will affect his progress, some take it and some don't. It's always easier to view your mistakes in hindsight.
Of course there is never any certainty in whether a guy is going to pan out but the process is an educated guess, just like anything else. You can never REALLY be sure what you're going to get, however it's not fair to say that it's a crapshoot. Look at last years top four selections, anything but a crapshoot and even into the later rounds; the talent maybe less but proper evaluations can always turn out something. Finding a diamond in the rough isn't luck...far from it.
If you want a crapshoot, look at the MLB draft. Then there is the NFL draft which is closer to a guarantee with every early pick. The NHL is somewhere in the middle.
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