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10-28-2012, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Does that mean we should blame the proscouts for the bad trades and not Gauthier? That's what I never understood. When it's a good trade it's because of the scouts, whether pro, amateur or international, but when it's a bad trade, its the GM's fault.
Actually why not give them blame, I'm sure the head Pro Scout would have had a say in the process. You'd be amused when you look up who last held the role of Director of Professional Scouting pre house cleaning.

In terms of Bournival, I can't find the direct link to the Timmins interview after the trade right now but here's some posts on how Timmins/scouts liked him in the original trade thread -

Whitesnake post alluding to Gauthier saying he didn't know much about Bournival:

The rest:

It's not really a revelation that amateur level talent expertise usually go to the people who scout them as their full time jobs. Just like in drafting, I don't think finding amateur level gems in trades is something the GM should take credit for in finding. I mean more often than not, these prospect may have been someone high on their list that was taken before they had a chance to grab them. Heck if Greg Pateryn ends up a decent top 4 D no one will credit Gainey, and they rightfully so, for plucking him out of the Leafs prospect is highly likely that similar to Holland and Bournival, Timmins was behind that decision.

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