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HF Staff: Who Wrote Kevin Poulin's Talent Analysis?

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07-04-2008, 02:18 PM
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HF Staff: Who Wrote Kevin Poulin's Talent Analysis?

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/kevin_poulin

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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.

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07-04-2008, 02:26 PM
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I wrote it. I was paraphrasing a quote of a scout (I also included a similar quote from a different scout in my article on Poulin: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article..._kevin_poulin/)

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.


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If it's accurate, I don't see the problem. Redline Report regularly makes this look like kid gloves.

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Whatever gets the point across. Keep up the great work Kevin.

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If it's accurate, I don't see the problem. Redline Report regularly makes this look like kid gloves.
Exactly. I don't know a thing about the player in question, but I think this kind of writing is better than some of the dry sentences that are often used to describe prospects.

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http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/kevin_poulin



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.

If you need writers just ask
So someones opinion makes them unprofessional to you. Ridiculous, how many times on this very message board has the term can't stop a beach ball been used?

this place turns whinier everyday.

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how many times on this very message board has the term can't stop a beach ball been used?
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.

Anyway, I've sent a message forward to the powers that be. It's in their hands. Thanks everyone.

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Honestly, I prefer stuff like this. God forbid somebody injected some personality when writing about sports.

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Honestly, I prefer stuff like this. God forbid somebody injected some personality when writing about sports.
In an editorial that's expected that personality shine through but in something informative you really want to keep your opinion an voice out of it.

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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.

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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.

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