Amateur Scouting for the NHL is far from an exact science despite improvement in player rankings over the past decade. Technology continues significantly impact player evaluation across the board, providing access to talent outside of North America. If Pavel Datsyuk were draft eligible in 2018, he would be a top-three prospect. Potential first overall selection, Rasmus Dahlin, would have fallen through the cracks back in the 90’s. Scouting staffs have nearly unlimited access to upcoming talent and it continues to drive Central Scouting reports. The Draft Pick Even with advances in talent evaluation, did Nashville Predators’ GM, David Poile, expect the impact that Viktor ArvidssonRead More →

Another NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone leaving Buffalo Sabres’ fans with a bitter taste in their mouth. Last season, Tim Murray did nothing while Jason Botterill traded pending unrestricted free agent, Evander Kane. Embed from Getty Images And that was it. Not Josh Gorges, not Benoit Pouliot, not Jacob Josefson. People were expecting that Botterill would clean house of expiring contracts and under-performing talent. Many were under the impression that a higher-end prospect and a 2018 first round-pick (without conditions) would be traded for Kane. By 3pm EST, it did not happen. Players thought to be on the road out of Buffalo remainRead More →