Confession time: In the many years I’ve been a hockey fan there are few things that have more value than scouting reports. In magazines and books dating back 50 years, there’s probably thousands of them on my book shelf.
You notice some things over time, like certain new players’ scouting reports resemble the “old-timey” ones from decades earlier.
International Scouting Services is among the most famous scouting services going and I think it’s one of the two best on the market.
Did you know that the draft day scouting reports for Andrew Cogliano and Rob Schremp contain a number of similarities?
International Scouting Services said this about Schremp: Game-breaking offensive pivot with superior playmaking ability. He is probably the most one dimensional of all the top prospects (2004).
ISS said this about Cogliano: Game-breaking offensive pivot with superior playmaking ability and hockey sense. Probably the most one dimensional of all the top prospects. (2005)
That’s too close to be anything but a cut and paste from them and I want to be clear that both scouting reports on each player were varied and full of information. I’m posting this not to point out that ISS got a little lazy, but to point out that when they entered their respective drafts these two players had a lot in common.
The main difference was speed. A secondary difference may have been leadership qualities but that’s not really something we can measure aside from the anecdotes we already have about each of the two players.
All things being equal, speed (like size) gets prospects noticed. Andrew Cogliano sped right past Rob Schremp last fall partly because of wheels. Schremp’s off-season surgery was also a factor but we heard about Cogs speed pretty much from day one and he won a job early in camp.
On September 22, 2007, Craig MacTavish was pretty impressed by Cogliano. “He’s productive offensively, really like the speed he brings, solid 4×4. We want to give him lots of time to get indoctrinated into the NHL pace. Once the checking closes in we’ll see if he’s as productive as he has been (so far). He’s scoring and looks to be dependable defensively. He’s a good positional player.”
Baseball men love speed because it can be used offensively and defensively, and speed never goes into a slump. The great Oilers teams of the 1980s (who got another member into the Hall today, congrats to Glenn Anderson) were so fast it was breathtaking.
The Oilers have some serious speed on this roster aside from Cogliano. They have some nice speed bubbling under (Chorney’s supposed to be an excellent skater) and here are a few names for the draft:
- LW Mattias Tedenby
- C Anton Gustafsson
- C Daultan Leveille
- C Tyler Ennis
- C Jordan Eberle