Re: Early Bruins 2012-2013 Prospect Reports
posted at 3/11/2013 7:59 AM EDT
Best news about Khokhlachev in a while, for me anyway, comes from the latest Hockey News Future Watch: "What pleased the Bruins was that, while not losing his offensive instincts, he has 'improved his two-way game, play in his own end, and his competitiveness' Benning said." "Bostons sees his skills and vision as similar to David Krejci". They have him rated ahead of Spooner and behind Hamilton and Subban among Bruin prospects.
Also in that Future Watch (Hamilton is the cover boy), a couple of interesting lines about drafting and busts. I thought I'd put them up given how often we discuss the vagaries of drafting 18 yr olds.
From SJ GM Doug Wilson: "Once we acquire a playerr, it's our respnsibility to give them the tools to succeed...We're in the business of building careers. We don't believe in 'churning and burning'. A player isn't going t naturally get better on his own." Nice to see emphasis on that side of the equation, and maybe if we're criticizing Chiarelli's record of developing picks, it's that side of the house that needs more attention?
From Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod: In any given draft, 10-15 percent of the players will have the natural talents to make the NHL regardless of the quality of development provided to them and another 40-45 percent will never be god enough professionally to play at the NHL level. That leaves 40 percent of players who could go either way, depending on the manner in which their organization handles them. I guess this means that in a perfect world, the top of the first round should succeed on talent, the 2-4th rounds are pliable, and the last three are players without sufficient talent.
Craig Button then tries to excuse his terrible record as a GM in Calgary by saying it's "nobody's fault" when things don't work out: "it's just a mis-read". That's apropos of nothing; I just don't like Button.
Weisbrod also said projections of who falls in what category vary widely, and that Central Scouting's first round list included players the Flames wouldn't have drafted in any round.