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08-21-2012, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Your analogy is incomplete and does not reflect how scouts recommend players or how teams draft.

Basically scouts fill out an evaluation form for each draft eligible player they see, rating all the skils the team deems important as well as all the other attributes the team wishes to consider. Some players are seen by multiple scouts from a team, some are seen by only one. Each team weighs size differently but it still causes upward or downward movement in the ratings.

Then a master ranking list is prepared which includes team needs. Simply a range from Best Player Available to positional need in the organization.

In closing Martin St.Louis was not drafted because of the numbers which ranked him below the number of draft rounds. He would have had a better chance of being drafted under the old visual system supported by a scout with a solid track record. Like Bobby Lalonde app 25 years earlier.

Edit the NHLCentral Scouting Bureau with evaluation criteria goes back to 1975:
Pretty sure that all teams scout the ECAC quite heavily and would have had a chance to see him in Laval-Laurentides (QAAA)at 16 and in Hawkesbury Hawks CJHL at 17.

teams quite simply missed on him.

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