Scouting Reports

Every once in awhile I like to go back and look at the draft day scouting reports for active players.

In 1995, the scouting report on Radek Dvorak went like this: Excellent, fast skater with good balance and acceleration. A natural, gifted scorer with a wide selection of shots. Goes for the net, is cool and clever and effective in his offensive game.

Passes are accurate, crisp and hard. Sees and uses his linemates well. Very good stickhandler, high overall skill level. Good two-way player, effective in his defensive game. Could use his size and strength better when checking, needs more muscle and weight but is already now a complete, effective player and leader on and off the ice.

Excellent hockey sense and very good attitude.

Would you say he delivered on that promise? In the history of the NHL draft, would Radek Dvorak be considered a solid #10 overall pick, a disappointment or something in between?

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6 Responses to "Scouting Reports"

  1. D says:

    Well Dvorak would certainly be considered “in between”, especially since Iginla was the next pick. That being said, Oilers fans would have been much happier if Dvorak was selected #6 that year instead of Steve Kelly…

  2. Devin says:

    I doubt anyone would complain about getting a .5 ppg, defensively sound winger at 10th. You probably hit more fouls than homeruns from that draft position over time, so a very good, very useful (if unspectacular) player is a win, IMHO.

  3. godot10 says:

    Mercifully, Barry Fraser isn’t drafting anymore.

    He had so many bad draft years subsequently, that 1979-81 must have been just pure dumb luck.

  4. Santa Merda says:

    I’d say he was good.

    Could be better, but he was good.

  5. Ribs says:

    “A natural, gifted scorer with a wide selection of shots.”

    A wide selection of shots? Did someone crush his hands in a meat grinder after this report? How come all we ever saw from Dvorak were weak wristers from the ringette line?

    He was a pretty decent player, I guess.

    I always knew that I could go to the fridge when he had the puck. It was always the same thing with him…get puck from D, skate ass off to ringette line on boards, shoot or lose puck.

    If “Time Killer” was used to decribe players like “Power Forward” or “Play Maker” is, Dvorak would be the ultimate prototype.

  6. garnet says:

    The three No. 10s in the years before him: Andrei Nazarov, Jocelyn Thibault and Nolan Baumgartner. The three after him: Lance Ward, Brad Ference and Nik Antropov. Dvorak would have be closer to the top of that list than the bottom, no?

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