One day during the summer I was sitting in the parking lot of the radio station I work for finishing up a breakfast sandwich and listening to the Pipeline Show. If you’re a draft geek like me, that show is a gold mine.
Anyway, Guy Flaming was doing a round table discussion with various area scouts for NHL teams. I don’t recall the names, but one of the scouts represented the Chicago Blackhawks. Guy asked “anyone pass through the draft that surprised you?” and the Chicago scout mentioned Ashton Sautner. He then went on to say that the young man would probably be higher up the list next draft but he was available with the last pick in this draft.
Funny what you remember.
Now, all of this is blue sky and who the hell knows, but for me both Cody Corbett and Ashton Sautner were players “in the mix” for selection during the late rounds. I wonder what Oiler scouts think of having all these “experts” who can see junior hockey games in their own backyard? Mixed blessing, I’d guess.
Lots of talk about Curtis Lazar after his performance on Friday night, I think the Oilers would be strong on him should he be available when they draft in 2013. Others we should be following in the WHL are Hunter Shinkaruk and Ryan Pulock.