You're right who cares about the outside scouting services
Then what does everyone go by? (fans). How are all these posters on the board coming up with rankings, players they want, etc. Im pretty sure nobody has seen any of them play if they have then maybe they saw 1%-2% of the players drafted..unless they go around and scout just for there entertainment.
I go by what I read on him and no scouting services even rated him in the top 100.
Well there's CSS's rating, and Red Line Report said they would likely have put him in their top 100 had he not been injured. In fact they suggested he might opt out of this year's draft with the expectation would be rising next year.
If they're right (if) and Cliche would have climbed into the late first next year, obviously he becomes a real value pick for Sather.
Time will tell but here's the scouting blurb:
The following three players all lost a substantial portion of their 2004-05 season due to major health issues, and while the agents indicated that all are still considering their options, it seems likely that each would do well to opt-out of this yearšs lottery and take their chances on returning to good health and gaining much more quality exposure to the NHL scouting community next season.
All three of these players would likely have been among Red Linešs top 100 prospects for the 2005 Entry Draft if healthy.
The first is Lewiston's Marc-Andre Cliche. The tall, rangy winger with good hands and offensive skills was only able to play in 17 games this season as a recurring shoulder injury shelved him early, and finally ended his season in January.