CKNW: Delorme stays; Dean and Marois fired
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07-15-2008, 03:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
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what does the head of amateur scouting actually do?
I know Delorme is in charge of scouting the west. And admittedly drafting kids from the dub or other leagues has been subpar in spite of the Mason Raymond selection. However, our Q record has been just as dismal and drafting from the OHL has been quite poor as well. With Payne being hired last year and Marois being fired, these areas look to be addressed.
Gradin is lauded, as he should be, for his excellent European scouting.
Our US scouting isn't amazing but isn't terrible either.
But can anybody speak to examples of why Delorme makes for a poor head scout? And I don't mean "oh he sounds like an idiot in his interviews". I know he does. But with respect to actual job description, what makes Delorme so poor?
Is it the responsibility of the head scout to accrue information from the other scouts and rank based on what he feels are the best players?
I think that the US scouting in terms of the NCAA has been pretty good.
Players like Kesler, Umberger, Bieksa are all from the NCAA. Schneider is highly regarded as a goalie prospect. Mike Brown has a chance to make the NHL either this year or next as a 4th liner. Patrick White, wait and see if he's any good.
Since 1998, regular NHLers drafted by the Canucks hail from:
1998 - Allen - OHL, Chubarov - Russia, Ruutu - Finland
1999 - D & H. Sedin - Sweden
2000 - Nothing
2001 - RJ Umberger - NCAA, Bieksa - NCAA
2002 - Nothing
2003 - Kesler - NCAA
2004 - Schneider - NCAA (not NHL yet, but highly regarded prospect), Edler - Sweden
2005 - Bourdon - QMJHL, Raymond - AJHL
2004 - Mike Brown from NCAA and Jannik Hansen from Denmark could make the team this season.
NCAA has 3 regular NHLers, a top level goalie prospect and a potential 4th liner either this year or next (when Cowan is gone).
CHL scouting, all around needs major improvements.
Haven't seen the Nucks take players from Slovakia, Czech Republic, or Finland during the millennium.
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