Ron Hextall Stays; Kekalainen to Become GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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02-13-2013, 02:48 AM
The Eternal Skeptic
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People keep talking about how great this guy is at scouting and think that translates over....but doesn't making him a GM negate his best asset??
The ability to evaluate talent, when to sign somebody to the big deal, when to deal somebody, which FA to sign, which to avoid, who to target in trades, who to draft, that all translate over very literally.
Yes you have to rely on your scouts, particularly in the Amateur Draft, but you cannot do everything even as Head of Amateur Scouting, so he was relying on other people already somewhat. This just gives him final say over the draft, although I had heard that he was granted that in St. Louis in his final years as well. So he should have no problem keeping that scouting and now his excellent eye for talent will be evaluating the whole organization instead of just the upcoming draft.
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