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08-07-2011, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
I'm not arguing the ranking. This is far from the first and far from the last ESPN list to be wrong about something. What I'm objecting to is the idea that a random scout ranked Kreider high because ESPN is a pro-Boston propaganda network. Sonier's a scout. He ranked Kreider high because he thinks highly of him. It's not shocking that the opinion of an individual scout doesn't match up perfectly with every other published ranking compiled across the internet.
He's not a random scout. He's paid by ESPN and scouted Kreider when he was at Phillips. Bruins scouts spend a TON of their time in the area, watching powerhouses like Catholic Memorial and Thayer and the NEJHL. Sonier was let go by the Bruins right before the 2009 draft, but he had seen enough of Kreider. He wasnt their Canadian scout. Adam Creighton and Daniel Dore (bonus points for his relation to the Rangers) are the main CHL scouts for Boston.

Don Sweeney, Gerry Cheevers and Sonier all stayed local for the 2008 and 2009 drafts. For all we know, Sonier discovered Kreider and wanted him drafted.

Look at the facts: Boston-area scout in 2008 and 2009, now a paid employee by a Boston-centric news organization in New England, claims a Boston-area, Boston-schooled amateur as the 10th best prospect? In all of hockey?


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