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02-20-2013, 08:18 PM
Mayor Bee
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Originally Posted by CapnCornelius View Post
Pre-draft rankings are a crutch. It is the job of scouts to go beyond some list, actually watch players and make their own conclusions based on what they see.
Although your premise is true, the conclusion is wrong because your target is wrong.

Prospect rankings are extremely valuable as a historical document. They're important for establishing a setting, that at a particular time a player was perceived to be this valuable in the future for this reason. No, it's not the be-all-end-all. But to deny the importance as an actual resource for analysis is similar to dismissing any other compiled secondhand contemporary source from a particular time.

Any historical account is open to analysis and scrutiny. But to simply dismiss it...where does it end?

Truth told, there has yet to be an NHL organization that has put a premium on scouting and development. Scouting is one of the more affordable ways to improve a team. Some team needs to get smart--more scouts, better scouts, dig deeper into statistics and evaluation metrics than the other guys. Look where they aren't looking. There is no NHL equivalent of Branch Rickey, not even the sainted Wings.
Well, if we scrape up enough money to buy an NHL team, I trust that you'll put this plan into action.

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