Dean Lombardi: Missed Opportunities, or Not?
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02-23-2011, 03:16 PM
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Location: Manitoba, Canada
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Its not so much that DT and scouting were inept, its that he didn't build a program to develop players.
You put some of those draft picks in Detroit, New Jersey, or, ironically, San Jose--which DL built--and they flourish becoming career NHLers.
Its about the staff as much as the players.
Roy Sommers (Longest tenure AHL Coach), the late Warren Strelow (legendary Goalie Coach), Ray Tuft (USA Olympic Trainer), Mike Alderich (USA Equipment Manager) were hired under DL's tenure at San Jose. Strelow aside, they are still all with the Sharks.
When you build a strong program it attracts free agents to take less (see Malhorta, '10), star players sign extensions for less than market value (Thornton, Marleau), and star players waive their "No Trade Clauses" to play for you (Heatley).
I understand what DL is doing because he laid that foundation in San Jose.
I agree. Let me clarrify. When I say the scouting department was inept, I meant the entire process for a player until they reach the NHL. I lumped scouting and development together, because I guess I look at it as one thing as I think they should be on the same page. You could draft superstars, but if you are horrible at development, who cares?
I agree they are different, scouting and development, but I lumped the process together because the success of one feeds directly off the success of the other, and you can't be good at one without being good at the other. That's what I meant by inept scouting. I should have clarrfied, sorry, and thank you for pointing it out for me.
DT did not put a good system in place overall. Not to argue your point SC2008, but we can't really say for sure the scouting would have been deemed better with a better development system, and if it would have been, how much better, as that assumption. You are quite possibly right, but it's impossible to know for sure. Keep in mind, outside of first rounders, all of the prospects LA had that busted could have ended up on virtually every other team in the NHL and those teams elected to pass them over for players they felt were better. Given the known results of the DT draft era, there may be a reason for that.
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