Flyers draft selection #196 -- Joacim Eriksson -- G -- Brynas Jr/Sweden
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02-08-2012, 03:56 PM
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At the time, my next door neighbours were scouts and I struck up a friendship. They thought it was funny that I knew draft years, players, picks, trades, teams, etc....and that I could quote who was drafted by where and all that. So, they ended up bringing me to a few games and when they saw that I had a good eye, they got me in touch with their bosses at the CSB and I was given a part time job as a scout. Usually, I go to games for free and give evaluations to certain teams when asked. I'll PM you a story one time about Jeff Skinner.
That's pretty sweet.
In all seriousness, Eriksson didn't get redrafted simply because he was a late round pick. No team was going to spend a pick on redrafting someone who was a late round pick already. Most teams figured he needed the second year with the SEL to really refine and get his game together. I'm willing to bet that this summer, there will be at least 9 or 10 teams lined up for Eriksson. He's going to be in total control of his destiny and that whoever signs him, they're getting a goalie who is ready to become an NHL goaltender. His work ethic is second to none and he's probably the most ready to make the jump to the NHL.
That logic doesn't really make sense to me. If everyone thinks this guy is going to be good, and the Flyers are stupid for not re-signing him because everyone knows he is going to be good, then at least one team would have drafted or signed him. If that is the case, that everyone thinks this guy is going to be good but no one is drafting or signing him, then every organization is making a foolish and unfathomable mistake. There would be no reason to see a guy, think he has that potential, and not do something about it. If that is what the Flyers did, then ok they made a huge mistake. I just find it hard to believe that the Flyers (and 29 other teams) think this kid is going to be something special but no one wants him. Hence, I will defer to those people who have seen the kid play and are paid professionals (i.e. scouts of the organization who decided to pass on him) rather than thinking I know more because I have seen YouTube clips and read some blogs about him.
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