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12-29-2007, 02:21 PM
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Kevin Forbes
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Originally Posted by Steadfast View Post
It doesn't really say that he was picked too high.
That's correct. He uses Tlusty as an example of how the Central Scouting rankings do not equal the same thing as individual team rankings nor do they have anything to do with how individual teams rank the players. Basically, Joyce says that the teams don't use Central's rankings for anything more then a cursory heads-up on who to look at and in particular the final rankings released by CSB are, by and large, ignored by the NHL teams, as by then all the teams have their own lists based on their own eyes and opinions.

Using the example of Tlusty, he mentions that Tlusty was ranked higher by CSB then he was drafted. Toronto media after the draft touted that as being a "steal". It should be viewed as being quite different from that, because obviously there was something in Tlusty's game (or in the games of the players chosen above him) that the teams ahead of Toronto decided to look elsewhere.

It wasn't a commentary on Tlusty as much it was a commentary on the media (and in part the fans) on their constant drive to find "steals" and "winners" of the draft immediately after it happens, when those verdicts simply can not be predicted. It's something that you can see a lot of here on these boards. Make no mistake, players like Esposito, Kessel, Cherepanov, and O'Sullivan (to name a few) all drop in the draft for very good reasons. Yes, there are steals and there are busts, but immediate judging of any draft class is short-sighted.

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