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06-05-2013, 03:51 PM
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Scott Nichol retires & takes job of Director of Player Personnel

with Preds http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...er-development

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I like Nichol and if can impart the Trotz system quicker into the kids all the better for the team. He sure knows the organization.

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Nice! Not the first guy to retire and join the organization. He should be a good developer or grindy-ness, perfect for 90% of our prospects/players.

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Welcome back Scooter!

I knew Gelinas had left but didnt realize the position had gone unfilled.

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Hopefully he isn't teaching any on-ice etiquette courses, such as "Spearing Your Opponent In The Junk".

Seriously he's a good dude and always knew how to prepare for the NHL in terms of game-by-game and just being a professional in general. Definitely a good replacement for Gelinas and it's really great to see a guy who left the organization who now wants to come back and work for them.

Radulov and Suter get a lot of press, but they seem to be the exception when it comes to players not wanting to be here.

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Looking over the top PIM guys for Preds all time Nichol is top 10 amongst forwards. #1 as a center

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so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score

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so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score
Gelinas brought a little bit more of that, but the job is to help develop our younger players into professional athletes, not work with them on any specific skill. In that sense, Nichol is a good fit. He overcame his shortcomings to battle out a long NHL career and has many stories to use with the prospects about battling through the ups and downs in his career to make it to the show. While Gelinas had that name recognition to bring him instant credibility with the prospects, which he did not need, Nichol just retired from the NHL, so he brings the credibility of having current stories and techniques.

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so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score
Im thinking this position is more of a "watchdog" type who checks on players in the summer and makes sure they are doing their conditioning and drills, etc

if Im wrong and this position is actually supposed to be someone who helps players develop their skills, then Scooter may not be the best choice..

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Im thinking this position is more of a "watchdog" type who checks on players in the summer and makes sure they are doing their conditioning and drills, etc

if Im wrong and this position is actually supposed to be someone who helps players develop their skills, then Scooter may not be the best choice..
Nichol will be on the ice with the players at prospect camps, but will spend the majority of his time traveling around to visit our various prospect locales spread put across the globe to see how they are doing, provide advice, and build a relationship with them.

Shawn Allard is the skills coach for the Preds...

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so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score
Those that can do, those that can't teach....

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I was just being snarky. He could be our fighting instructor though, remember when he was jumping to beat up joe thornton. still the funniest fight I have seen

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Those that can do, those that can't teach....
not exactly applicable in sports where nobody "can do" beyond a certain age

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not exactly applicable in sports where nobody "can do" beyond a certain age
I was more saying you don't have to be able to do something to understand how to do it.

Lou Holtz was a fantastic coach, I doubt he was a great football player. Nick Saban is the same way.

Just because Nichol can't score doesn't mean he can teach the technique of scoring. Besides you can't really teach goal scoring, that's an instinctive thing, you either have it or you don't.

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so he is incharge of player development? look forward to him teaching kids like Forsberg how to score
it's a position more akin to a HS guidance counselor

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I was just being snarky. He could be our fighting instructor though, remember when he was jumping to beat up joe thornton. still the funniest fight I have seen
I remember!! Always loved watching guys like Scooter and Sully mixing it up. Not sure sucker punching is a skill he should teach the young ones. I'm sure his value lies in his actions and experiences outside the public eye.

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"Shawn Allard is the skills coach for the Preds..." So his name is the one to take in vain when the passing "skills"of this team are on par with midget league levels yet AGAIN?

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Shawn Allard is the skills coach for the Preds...
I thought he was just the skating coach

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good to see him get a job with the organization. always liked scotty

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good to see him get a job with the organization. always liked scotty
How much are you going to like him when his "shooting skills" rubs off on the rest of the young players ? ... Only good thing he's for is how to teach player's to be dirty *scrambled eggs*

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How much are you going to like him when his "shooting skills" rubs off on the rest of the young players ? ... Only good thing he's for is how to teach player's to be dirty *scrambled eggs*
Im sure he will be working on the defensive side of things. No way are they relying on scott nichol to teach offensive skills to players...

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How much are you going to like him when his "shooting skills" rubs off on the rest of the young players ? ... Only good thing he's for is how to teach player's to be dirty *scrambled eggs*
He's not a coach.

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He's not a coach.
I know that ... I was being snarky

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My bad.

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I thought he was just the skating coach
He's the skating and skills coach.

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