An athletic and reactionary net minder, Poulin has shown streaks of world beating ability and also periods when it appears he canít stop a beach ball. Extremely quick between the pipes, heíll do anything to stop the puck, often making acrobatic saves. However, it is the fundamentals where he struggles, as he finds himself forced into those exciting moves due to poor positioning and an inability to control rebounds. When he is on his game, he can stonewall the opposition, but when he isnít, close your eyes.
Seriously? That's a tad bit unprofessional. Yes it's entertaining but I think it kinda takes away from the site's credability I think.
How it happened was I was writing the profiles in a bundle and just wanted to get a bit creative on what sometimes is stale prospect profile writing ("skates well for his size" "nose for the net" "useful on both ends of the ice", our profiles are rife with these phrases, so much so, it sometimes feels that instead of describing a player, you're merely tacking catch-phrases together). There are only so many ways to say a pro (or con) of a player and I tried to spice it up.
I'll bring this to my editor's attention and see what their thoughts are.
Last edited by Kevin Forbes: 07-04-2008 at 02:39 PM.
Seriously, I think the OP needs to get over himself. He thinks he's a message board God. Just a lame attempt to show his desperation in wanting to write for HF.
Kevin, thanks for your contributions. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the profile you made. I had previously written off HF's prospect profiles as run of the mill, weak, and not serious, but seeing Poulin's write up gives me a different opinion now.
This is being made a bigger problem than it really is.
I should hope my writing for Hockey's Future is held in a bit higher esteem then just message board vernacular and I think, in this case, that is the exact question at hand.
I don't think that is even a problem. You're talking about an audience extremely well versed on hockey prospects and the medium of scouting. Every year, they read a ton of scouting information and culminate it by reading around 5 or so Draft Guide publications.
You are definately going to see these message board posters use same terminology and scouting speak that "professionals" use.