C Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL (2015, 16th, NYI)
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09-02-2013, 02:47 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
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I'm failing to understand what you are talking about? Are a players compiled stats not the best piece of information one can use to judge a players potential for success in the NHL? There are exceptions, but for the most part it tells the tale...I mean most scouts only watch a given prospect several times throughout a season...stat lines fill the gaps for what is not seen first hand.
Jonathan Drouin outscored Nathan Mackinnon by 30 points in only 5 more games played this year. Which one went 1st overall? I know you said there are exceptions but this is still a glaring example.
They don't use stats to fill gaps in knowledge. They use the eye-test to see who's the better player. No scout (at least not one who will have a job for long) will ever say, "Well this player always looked better when I watched him, but this other guy had 5 more points so I'm going to go with him."
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