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12-24-2012, 12:08 PM
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And also the fact that hockey sense wasn't THAT much scouted the way it is now. While some still exist, the idea of becoming bigger and grittier was way more simpler back then than it is now where while you want to become bigger, you also take into account a whole lot of other things. Back then, we needed to become bigger...so we went with Bilodeau and Co. True that foot speed was also seen as something they would all be able to improve which also wasn't true. Yet, the league back then was not as speedy as it is now. Tons of players ended up being good NHL'ers with average speed. But something hasn't changed is that hockey sense is the key ingredient. Mixed with a whole lot of other things like organization dumbness, players not willing to do the sacrificies and so on.
Totally agree. Terry never had much hockey sense, but neither did Turner Stevenson. I wonder if they thought they could shape Terry into that type of player and then realized he was lacking a lot of the basics? Anyways, they never took him out of nowhere, Central Scouting had him ranked high as well, so it really was a collection of people that saw something that wasn't there.

Montreal was really a mess in the mid 90's at prospect building and scouting. I remember it well

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