Thread: Neil Smith POVS
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04-12-2011, 01:37 PM
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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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