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  • SharkCircle 1:49 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016 NHL Draft, NHL DRAFT PREVIEW, NHL Draft Scouting Reports, , NHL Prospects Report, NHL Scouting   

    2016 NHL Draft Youtube Scout 

    Here I will rank the top 30 North Americans skaters rated by Central Scouting, and their top 5 ranked European skaters, in the order I would rank them based on “scouting” them through youtube videos. As always, defense rankings are less reliable with this method than forward rankings. Additionally, Tage Thompson, Charles McAvoy, Luke Kunin, and Vitaly Abramov had limited amounts of footage available on youtube.

    1. Patrick Laine, RW

    Austen Matthews is a little more polished at this point, and may have more reliable hands at this point by a hair, but Laine’s comparable skill, greater size, and standout shot may make him the better player eventually. Closest NHL comparables I can think of are Blake Wheeler and Brent Burns, but he is a better pure goal scorer than either.

    2. Austen Matthews, C

    Big, fast, skilled, he does it all, and is the most polished, complete package in the draft. NHL comparable: Ryan Johansen.

    3. Mikhail Sergachev, D

    Big, powerful, skilled, and poised, he looks like Hampus Lindholm with more natural offensive instincts and moves with the puck. Click Here To Continue Reading Full Post

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  • SharkCircle 11:18 pm on June 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2012 NHL DRAFT, , , NHL DRAFT ANALYSIS, NHL DRAFT PREVIEW, NHL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS, RYAN MURRAY, TOP 50 NHL PROSPECTS   

    The Youtube Scout: Shark Circle Ranks The Top 50 Prospects For The 2012 NHL Entry Draft 

    Editor’s Note: I wanted to get this list out there at the beginning of the draft just for the technicality of it, but the blog and my analysis of the list I’m still writing as we speak, so I will edit that portion of the blog as soon as I have it written.

    I cannot count how many times I’ve told people that I could do a better job than the vast majority of NHL scouts and GMs when it comes evaluating talent and drafting, even if I had to do it just watching youtube videos, without even getting to watch the players play games and take shifts in real time. And usually what has led me blurting those sentiments out to whoever is around to listen is the realization that I have done better in my scouting and my predictions than the pros have, even if I never have any proof of it. It happens every draft with prospects, every season with trades, where I disagree with a pick, trade, or signing a team makes, and think I know better, and in the past I’ve almost always been proven right.

    Well, I’ve finally decided to try to prove my outlandish statement true, that I can draft and evaluate talent better than many of the pros can just from watching blurry footage of these players online. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • snepts 8:03 pm on June 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      “I believe Martin Frk and Andreas Athanasiou are going to be steals in the latter first round or early second”

      As a Red Wings fan, I hope you are correct, sir.

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