Scouting, Statistics, and St. Louis
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08-29-2012, 03:18 PM
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The relevance is that NHL teams have realized that the key to drafting is below the junior level. This is in sync with the old sponsorship days where teams would sign players, at times before their 16th birthday - Bobby Orr was 14. A 17/18 year old drafted out of the CHL either goes back to junior or wastes time in the NHL. A 17/18 year old drafted out of school, Midget AAA or the USHL, Jr A gives the drafting NHL team more developmental flexibility and time.
The key to modern NHL scouting is the early identification of viable players and tracking them for seasons before their year of NHL Entry Draft eligibility. Significant change from a generation ago.
Fair enough, thanks. What does that have to do with having finite resources to apply to Iain's methodologies?
If he had more resources, the method would get even better than it already is - that's pretty obvious.
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