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08-29-2012, 03:49 PM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
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.
Changes to scouting priorities are not terribly relevant, because the purpose of the Projectinator is not to duplicate scouting. In fact, in some sense it's the very opposite of that. It's another opinion on the future projection of the player, based on how he's producing right now. It's not intended as a replacement for scouting, but a complement to it. I've made that clear enough.

Teams using such a system can still consider development flexibility and time. The analysis projects his future based on what he's actually accomplished at the level he's actually playing at. That's an input to the draft decision, just like the team's particular developmental focus.

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