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07-15-2008, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by King Ryan View Post
I think the most likely scenario is that the GM is heavily involved in the first-round selection, and relies more on his supporting staff the deeper into the draft we go. Not too dissimilar from the fans here, really. This is backed up in books I've read that show insight into the front office.
I would tend to agree, and would add that the first pick is more of an organizational decision (but it`s not like this is written in stone). Take for example how Gretzky made a point of going to watch Kyle Turris in a BCHL game during a roadtrip to Vancouver and apparently took him to breakfast, and ultimately drafted the kid. Gretz isn`t even the GM, but he is more than just a `head coach`....yet he is far removed from being just a scout obviously, so I think it`s relevant.

I personally would not be happy with a GM who hasn`t done a ton of homework himself with regard to the 1st and even the 2nd pick of the draft.

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