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04-26-2006, 07:57 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
I'll take issue with the fact that scouts don't care about the Northern Midget Leagues. If that were the case, and we have been burned, then Mike Richards ( who was drafted 4th overall in the 2001 draft by the Kitchener Rangers) Jean-Michel Riszk (5th overall to Saginaw) would never have been drafted so high. We were burned in the instance by the Riszk situation as he did play midget with his brother before Tier 2 in Sudbury and we were scouting him ( Jean Michel ) for at least two years before the OHL draft.
Mike Richards is the exception not the norm. Look at Pat Jarrett or Colt King who surely fooled all of us. Rico Fata was sensational as a young player(14,15 and 16 year old) but has had a marginal pro career.
Really what it gets down to is comparing the players in a combine like a prospects tournament or any other tournament where all the best get to play against one another. Years ago when Pat Jarrett went first overall to Mississauga it was more a case that Rick Nash or Richard Power would not go to Mississauga . That, if you will is in fact manipulating the draft I guess. Pat Jarrett was unfairly put in a situation where he indeed think he was the best player in the '84 draft. He was not of course and yes he had heart problems, but it did put him in an unfair posistion down the road in his career.
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