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12-02-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by djscooter View Post
Mark Burgess does not interfere with the daily hockey operations? Am I misunderstanding you? Or are you just legitimately that clueless. While Huether has not been great, guys like Cull and Desrochers fill a completely different roll than Vilardi. Desrochers in particular is a great defensive forward who is a great skater and strong on the forecheck. Vilardi made it evident in training camp that with his current skating skills he could not be a factor at the OHL level, YET.

Connor Cummins has 0 hockey sense, he stands around like a pylon and has no clue where to be on the ice. Calling Sudbury's defence week is mis-representing them as well. Sefton and Corrado are a solid top pairing, Corbett, when healthy has been a great addition to the defensive core. Dodero has been hot and cold and is a bit of a disapointment this year, however if he can turn his play around to where it was last year he's a great compliment to the top 4. MacKenzie Braid was doing a solid job on the bottom pairing before his injury as well. De Haan has show some great hockey sense and the potential to be a puck mover on the back end, something Sudbury is sorely missing.

I won't even comment on the Import draft as it is such a crapshoot at this level. However I do feel the wolves did exceptionally well picking up a talent like Kahun, who I'd argue has been the wolves top player. As well as getting a guy like Kubalik who has shown some spark as of late when put on the top line with Michael Kantor and Kahun.

You really think Blaine Smith is the problem? Briniging in Michael Kantor for a mid pick and two fringe OHLers? Trading John McFarland for Sgarbossa? The deal to move up in the import draft? Picking up Dodero for a late pick? Consistently re-cooping picks for players who won't report like Riley Corbin, Quinn, Beyers, etc? I do feel there is a lot of blame to be thrown around the wolves organization. But throwing any of it towards Blaine Smith is undermining a lot of the great moves he has made for this organization. Without a doubt he has done a better job GMing then Mike Foligno did.

At the end of the day I do feel like a lot of the blame for the wolves lack of success falls on not only Mark Burgess, but our Head Scouts, as well as scouting staff for continuing to make lacklustre picks in the draft. As well as on the failure to develop the early picks internally which may or may not fall on the coaching staff in the end.
If, if, but, if, but, iff........ all excuses. Any positives you mentioned above, are farthest from the truth. Stealing Dodero?? Are you kidding me? Nobody wants him.

Getting rid of kids that wont report? Hello. It is the GMs job to make sure they report, or dont draft them.

Cummins has 0 hockey sense. Who drafted him? BS thats who. High first round pick.

Blame it on the scouts? Norm has worked in the industry for over 20 years and he knows talent. He called out the Wolves and their GONG SHOW antics, and thats why he left, or forced his way out. SCOUTS IN THE WOLVES ORGANIZATION DONT SELECT THE PLAYERS, ITS THE GM WHO DOES. THATS A FACT.

I am a realist and you are not in touch with reality, or as you put it the Wolves would be a solid organization with top end picks, players and draft picks. And would be contending for the OHL championship. NOT.

Last year they had no draft picks in the NHL draft. Even Kontos who they traded and was a 2nd line centreman with them, didnt get drafted. Your superstar Sgarbossa also didnt get drafted 2 years ago and had to be signed as a free agent. He won the scoring championship in the OHL, and San Jose didnt flinch to trade him to Colorado as a throw in last year. He didnt even play in any consequential training camp games for San Jose.

Under Foligno, the Wolves had a great number of drafted players and successful NHL players. In the last 3 years, I cant see one NHL drafted player, cant see a high end future draft pick (Baptiste or Silk????), and for sure no NHL success stories.

I dont know about you DJScooter, but I watch the Sudbury Wolves OHL team play, I dont know which team you watch. Lets just say that we are both passionate Sudbury Fans, but we AGREE TO DISAGREE.


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