2012 NHL Entry Draft - Rounds 2-7 - 10am EST (NHL Network) - Part 5
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06-24-2012, 10:20 PM
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'We all miss on players in the draft. Every year I overrate or underrate some guys in comparison to what goes down in the draft. A very inexact science projecting the 200 best 17-year-olds in the world. That is why I make a point of not stating absolutes like "every team missed the boat on this guy or that guy." You cant get them all right, and even though NHL teams don't always get it right, it's usually guys who were drafted that make the show.
When I first started scouting seriously about 6 years ago I thought Simon Lacroix would one day be an NHLer....today he's playing Canadian university hockey. Really liked his smarts and leadership qualities, but I was told he wasn't a good enough skater for his size and they were right. I evolved somewhat from those days, but there are always going to be guys you like that slip through the cracks.
This year other than Quentin Shore, Ikonen and Slepyshev the only real misses in my first three rounds were goalies. Goalies are the hardest to judge. I had Makarov, Whitney and Houser all ranked in the third round. I can see why CS does separate lists for goalies.
I don't think teams were wacky not to draft the guys I had ranked in my top 90 = I figure they have good reasons for passing them over. 30 teams have ten or so scouts watching these kids live every week...I'm just one scout who's seen the later ranked guys very little other than on video as a rule...I am not going to proclaim that the pros are dead wrong and I am right on these guys...I'm thinking I probably overrated these guys because I saw them at their best when I did see them.
Can you explain why the habs took more chl players this year & no ushl or high school kids. Do you think this is just a matter of where they ended up picking....or might this have something to do with different voices in the draft.
BTW it's funny you mention the Islanders draft where they took Bailey, Hamonic & Trivino. Jankowski was working for the Isles back then, this draft seems more like the types of drafts they used to have. I'd love to get your take on it...
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