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01-31-2013, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
I did a thread on this last June. The reason physical attributes are seen as so important is that they are easy. Every fan understands what 6-3 220 pounds means, which is why fans are always clamoring for big guys. Every team can test a player for speed, both skating and shooting, which is why teams like players who are fast or shoot hard.

But to identify intelligence / hockey sense takes a tremendous amount of skill and a lot of continued attention paid to the player. This is where real skill lies. That's why Gordie Clarke can go for IQ, while the less skilled scouts focus on the the more obvious things like height and skating speed.
Complete and utter malarchy . I been hard on Clark but ill admit he has some moderate success. But that's just crap that he has some mystical hockey IQ advantage over any other scout . Look at CK he picked him purely on his athleticism , frame and speed so that just contradicts everything you said . Gordie Clark is a fine enough head of player development ( head scout. ) but lets stop making him out to be anything more than he will be because his picks weren't as epic as people on here make them out to be and he has probably the same amount of players in the league as some other teams who've picked around where he NYR did .

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