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Expected more insight into how prospects are ranked
on April 23, 2011
At this time of the year, I become a prospect junkie, trying to read up on all the top prospects and all the ranking lists. In some cases, a prospects statistics belie the ranking that the experts give him, and I wanted to get an insight how scouts rank players. This book did little to help me understand what made certain prospects better than others.
The book contains a bunch of personal reminiscences about which mentors influenced which scouts, generalities about hockey sense,individual instances of what some historical hockey prospects did to distinguish themselves, but I expected more. I expected more info on how the Combine influenced teams' internal rankings, what influence a team's biases and prospect pool influenced its drafting, the factors used to project a 17 year-old to what they would be 5-years later. How do scouts factor in bust potential? Do they check family history to be able to anticipate a future growth spurt? Why do some prospects start falling for no apparent reason? Much is unanswered, mostly a bunch of generalities.
I had previously read "Future Greats and Heartbreaks" by Gare Joyce,which also left me wanting more. That book had more insight into the 2006 draft specifically, more name-dropping and gossip, and it had an insider's view from one team's scouting department. But that book also contained a lot of filler which was focused on giving the reader an understanding of the life of the scout. I guess the perfect book on scouting with the idea of having the reader understand how prospects are ranked has yet to be written.