Neil Smith POVS
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04-12-2011, 01:37 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
I think that there's some serious revisionist history regarding Neil Smith.
As a talent scout for the NYI in the early 80's, he helped theiur minor league affiliate win their leagues championship in 81-82
After moving on to Detroit, as GM of their minor league team, NS giuded that team to 2 championships over a 4 year span.
In an 8 year span working with mostly young players developing for the NHL, NS won 3 Championships.
NS was director of Scouting for the Wings from 82-89
The man knew talent.
To insinuate otherwise is foolish.
While I'm in a mood, here are some of the names drafted by the Wings while NS held the post of Director of Scouting
83 alone - Yzerman, Probert, Klima, Kocur, Grimson
84 - Shawn Burr, Houda
85 - Fedyk, Chiasson, Randy McKay
86 - Joe Murphy, Adam Graves, Cheveldae and Garpenlov
87 - Yves Racine
88 - No notable players drafted (very bad year for the Wings)
89 - More than made up for 88 - Lidstrom, Fedorov, Sillenger, Drake (all played over 1000 games) Boughner, Vlad the impaler
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