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04-24-2007, 08:04 AM
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Here's how much I rely on the grading of prospects here at HF: little to none. I might check it to see what HF says a kid might project to be if I don't know much about the player, but that's it. I certainly don't look at them when (A) analyzing a trade, or (B) evaluating current NHL'ers. You're more likely to hit on a possible trade by looking at raw data and how the players are perceived around the league than by trying to analyze how they'd be graded by HF and trying to equalize things accordingly.

Besides, HF's criteria is subjective to the evaluations of the people involved in the decision making. There's nothing that says those guys are absolutely correct - heck, pro scouts who've been in the game for 35 years miss on kids at the draft ... so putting a lot of credibility in the ratings here is problematic. That's not to say they don't carry any weight, but I'd look at other things first and probably second.

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