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02-22-2013, 12:50 PM
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Let's face it, Burke isn't here to help the Ducks. He's here so he can stay involved in the game without staying with the Leafs. It's either this or back to TSN.

As for scouting, the GM CAN play a vital role in the quality of the team's drafting, but ultimately, it's the scouts. Some GMs take a handsoff approach and let the scouts do all the work. Some GMs take more of an active role and either does a lot of scouting himself or sets the direction. You sometimes see clear shifts in draft preferences and that is initiated by the GM. For example, Burke clearly has developed a preference for NA players with size and grit. This could be a big problem if the team's amateur scouts' strengths aren't in identifying players that fits Burke's preferences. That's why I say that GMs can play a vital role in the quality of the team's drafting.

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