Here is a little summary of an interview Jonathan Bernier (Le journal de Montreal) recently had with Trevor Timmins regarding his job.. and some interesting comments about our kids..
When working for the Sens, what are the "captures" you are the proudest about? (sorry for the bad translation)
TT: Jason Spezza, Martin Havlat, Mike Fisher, Vermette, Neil are some names I strongly suggested to our head scout. (Wasnt Spezza a NYI pick?)
How many games do you attend during a season?
TT: About 200 all around the world
How many scouts do you have in your team?
TT: 12 for amateur level, each one having a specific territory.. Their job consist to see every teams at least twice in hope to find the best prospects available.. After reading the full reports on specific young players, Timmins and 2 other partners move on to watch by themself the most interesting ones.
Whats the facet you are looking the most at when comes the time to evaluate a player?
TT: Hockey sense! This is the most important of all... The way the game is played by these days, we need creative players with a good head.. Outside pure skills, we are looking at the charactere and desire as well... We like to know about kids' famillies, how are they outside of the rink... It says long about their personality.
(Now it gets more interesting)
Since the day you have been hired by the Habs, what pick are you the proudest about? (I read somewhere in the article Timmins is the MTL head scout since 2003)
TT: By what he accomplished so far and considering where we picked him, Guillaume Latendresse! (Timmins feels Tender should have been an early first round pick!!!) 2 top 10 picks the same year, not bad!!
We didnt see the kids you drafted show up with the big team yet, what should be the first ones to graduate?
TT: Andrei Kostitsyn could taste the NHL a bit last season, Tender and Chipchu gave the vets some challenge during the training camp, we are looking at what they will do this year... Some could surprise, one coming to my mind is Grabovski.. Emelin is another kid to look for, it remains to agree on the terms of a contract.