I’ve always felt that hockey uses the wrong words for things. There’s very little poetry in the sport (baseball is awash in it) and one of the reasons is it is too “business” and not enough “entertainment.”
For instance, Stu MacGregor has been named “head scout.” It sounds like a guy who is always about a mile ahead of everyone everyday. Maybe he gets up early and makes coffee before heading out. Either way, it’s not exciting.
Sometimes you’ll hear a guy say he’s “in charge of player development” which isn’t really true. That’s pretty much the AHL coach’s job or the NHL coach’s job.
The scouts are in charge of procurement. They go out into the wilderness and find assets to feed the mighty beast that is a professional sports organization. They are vital. The dictionary definition of “procurement” is “a set of activities performed as part of an acquisition effort.” Seems fair.
So “Vice President in charge of Amateur Procurement” is a better description than “chief scout”, can we agree?
Stu MacGregor is the new man. I have no idea if he’s any good and his report card is years away from completion. Then again, so is Prendergast’s.
I think history will be kind to KP. His first official draft as “Vice President in Charge of Procurement” was 2001. At a guess, I’d say his 5 best choices were:
- Ales Hemsky (2001)
- Jarrett Stoll (2002)
- Sam Gagner (2007)
- Andrew Cogliano (2005)
- Marc Pouliot (2003)
Is that fair? I’m tempted to include the kid Chorney, and admit to a soft spot for Trukhno and lord knows someone like Dubnyk or Schremp or even Kyle Brodziak may end up on the list.
How does that compare to the 7 seasons previous to KP taking over? Well, with the understanding that we have this group in much better focus here’s my list 1994-2000:
- Ryan Smyth (1994)
- Shawn Horcoff (1998)
- Tom Poti (1996)
- Mike Comrie (1999)
- Fernando Pisani (1996)
I think that’s fair. You might prefer Chimera or BG or Devereaux but Pisani has had a bigger impact imo and hopefully be back for 08-09.