Unfortunately, for this conversation, I live in Oz these days.
Not much coverage to form opinions in Australia. Someone else pointed out that you cannot read clippings and box scores to actually form an opinion as to how someone really impacts a game.
So here on CDC some of favourite posters are guys like Ossi, yourself, DeNiro and certainly Avelanche who watch games, post on prospects and the Wolves and critique real value. I also like some guys for their entertainment value, and that they educate themselves on topics (even where i disagree); Gollumpus and Old News. But I think they watch less hockey?
For example I liked your assessment of Biggs and saw his game (aggressive, physical, over 200 lbs, skating and fore checking with the odd goal) as adding complimentary skills, in a position of need (RW) for our team.
But I am a qualified coach (not hockey, but have Canadian Cert 3 in theory, practical and technical, eligible to apply for national team jobs). I know how to weave and match physical abilities with talent and skills. It still leaves me needing scouts for opinions on prospects.
On paper I really like Ryan Pulock in Brandon. He xcored over 30 points as a 185 lb 16 year old rookie in junior and has put on 30 lbs since at 18. Kelowna always turns out good D, so I have my eyes on Madison Bowey also and everyone likes (but can't have) Seth Jones. Darnell Nurse??? Have you seen them play? All are big right side D, my focus.
In Europe Ristolainen could be a fabulous puck moving D, or Pulock's left side partner Eric Roy in Brandon...
I'm also curious about Wheaton for the Rockets. Can a 230 lb junior be a good thing?
I'm in Vancouver for a month; I should make a point of seeing Kelowna play...
Do u have anyone in mind that you are looking at us taking in the upcoming draft?
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 20 December 2012 - 11:41 AM.