Oilers at Canadiens, G67, 09-10

This is Steve Shutt. Since we’re going to be reading a lot of scouting reports over the next few months, I thought it might be an idea to post my all-time favorite.

It was published in the December 1972 Hockey Digest (the second edition of the digest. The first one came out in November 1972. Cover: Orr) and flows like poetry:

Steve Shutt plays his position (LW) exceptionally well and should be an easy pupil for an NHL coach. He patrols his wing religiously and is always well positioned in the attacking zone. Defensively, he is rated well above average for a junior.

His shot is his major asset: quick, heavy and accurate. He is equally dangerous with a wrist or slap shot. Good skater and more than willing to dig in the corners.

Shot is sufficiently impressive, along with heady play, that he could become point man on an NHL powerplay as a freshman with the right club.

Last year, his 70 goals were only one shy of the OHA record (set by Richard Martin).

-George Hanson, Montreal Star.

That’s a beauty. Shutt was drafted after his 19-year old season (two seasons later than Hall and Seguin) so we need to allow for those years of maturity. 424 career goals, including one season in which he scored 52 goals at even strength.

If the kid Edmonton drafts this summer turns out as well as Steve Shutt did over his career, Oiler fans should consider themselves fortunate.

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