Question on Rick Knickle
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02-13-2012, 08:33 AM
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He was primarily tasked with western Canada. We were heavily into WHL picks during his time of influence: Hamhuis, Hartnell, Erat, Upshall, as well as a slew that didn't pan out. Most notably, he was the one that convinced Poile to go way off the board and take a dman that was rated in the late third in the mid second--Shea Weber.
Since he left, we've made only one selection from the WHL--Taylor Aronson from Portland. Most of our high picks have either been scandinavian(kekkalainen and Bergman) or northeastern/north central junior (OHL, qmjhl, NCAA) scouted by Kealty or even Fenton.
It's usually pretty clear who Poile's go-to scouts are, based on how many guys we take from that region.
this brings up an interesting thought... is Poile naturally drawn to defensemen(as it has seemed for years) or was it simply that his best scout was scouting the one junior league that seemd to put a premium on defense??
and now that he is relying on other scouts who primarily look at more offense oriented leagues are we going to see more forwards??
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