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09-29-2013, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Cutter View Post
I think the scouting staff is more to blame here than the GM. GMs have the final call but they rarely scout the players themselves, they base their opinions on what they're told by their head scout. The only case you can make is that he could have done a better job for them to develop but even then every prospect is different so there's no right formula.
Current NHL players drafted

Smith 2000 draft = None
Smith 2001 draft = Tuomo Ruutu + Craig Anderson
Smith 2002 draft = Duncan Keith + James Wisniewski + Adam Burish
Smith 2003 draft = Brent Seabrook + Corey Crawford + Dustin Byfuglien + Chris Porter
Pulford 2004 draft = Dave Bolland + Bryan Bickell + Troy Brouwer
Tallon 2005 draft = Niklas Hjalmarsson
Tallon 2006 draft = Jonathan Toews
Tallon 2007 draft = Patrick Kane
Tallon 2008 draft = Ben Smith (Just made Hawks as Regular)
Tallon 2009 draft = Marcus Kruger
Bowman 2010 draft = Joakim Nordstrom (Just made Hawks)
Bowman 2011 draft = Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw

There is a noticeable drop off once the Tallon regime took over. I don't recall how many of Smith scouts he kept but I do remember that Tallon loved Skille and Beach amongst others that picks were wasted on

Breaking Tallons Hawks drafting down

2/5 on 1st rounders (Kane/Toews success ,, Skille bust , Olsen looking like bust and Beach absolute bust)
0/7 on 2nd round picks (Brandon Pirri only hopeful left)
0/6 on 3rd rounders
1/6 on 4th rounders (Hjalmarsson only success)
1/4 on 5th rounders (Kruger only pick that turned out successful)
0/8 on 6th rounders (Ben Smith only hopeful left)
0/6 on 7th rounders

4 NHL regulars with 42 picks over a 5 year span is pretty dismal

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