OILERS AMATEUR SCOUTS 2012-2013

The poor son of a gun in the Seals uniform is Gerry Ehman, who had a solid career in the original 6 and four more good years with the expansion Seals. His real gift to the game came from scouting, and his gifts ripped up the Islander ice for a generation. Ehman obtained four Stanley Cup rings from his work with the Islanders as a scout in Western Canada and later as Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting. He was an integral part of the Islanders organization from his hiring in 1974 until his retirement in 2003.

During Ehman’s time as western Canadian scout for the Islanders, the club spent picks on the following:

  • Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier, 1974
  • Pat Price, 1975
  • Steve Tambellini, 1978
  • Duane Sutter, 1979
  • Brent Sutter and Kelly Hrudey, 1980

That’s a massive haul, ladies. I imagine Bill Torrey and Al Arbour raced to the jeweller to get Ehman his Stanley cup ring, 1980-1983. My word, folks, that’s some kind of talent procurement in a seven year span from one league.

OILERS SCOUTS 2012-13

  • Stu MacGregor: Head Amateur Scout, cross checks the world
  • Bill Dandy: QMJHL
  • Brad Davis: OHL, tier 2 leagues in Q and O
  • Kent Hawley: OHL, QMJHL, tier 2 leagues in Q and O
  • Bob Brown: WHL, tier 2 leagues, USHL
  • Jim Crosson: WHL, tier 2 leagues, USHL
  • Scott Harlow: NCAA and American junior leagues (east coast)
  • Frank Musil: Europe
  • Pelle Eklund: Europe
  • Robert Nordmark: Europe
  • Jim Cucci: New this season, don’t know his area
  • Dave Heitz: New this season, don’t know his area
  • Matti Virmanen: New this season, Europe

2013 draft class and their scouts

  • Nurse: Davis, Hawley, MacGregor (MacT)
  • Marco Roy: Dandy, Hawley, MacGregor
  • Yakimov: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, Virmanen, MacGregor
  • Slepyshev: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, Virmanen, MacGregor
  • Houck: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Platzer: Davis, Hawley, MacGregor
  • Muir: Harlow, MacGregor
  • Campbell: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Betker: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Chase: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor

These are guesses on my part, hell the organization may have shuffled people for all I know. However, if the song remained the same then each scout would have had at least one player taken in this year’s draft. The OHL boys got the big pick, but the Q fellows got a second, the Europeans had some skin in the game and the WHL scouts had a nice day despite a late start (I had Chase at #51 so figure they had a helluva day).

2011 draft class and their scouts

  • RNH: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Klefbom: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, MacGregor
  • Musil: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Perhonen: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, MacGregor
  • Ewanyk: Brown, Crosson, MacGregor
  • Simpson: Harlow, MacGregor
  • Rieder: Davis, Hawley, MacGregor
  • Gernat: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, MacGregor
  • Tuohimaa: Musil, Eklund, Nordmark, MacGregor

So far so good at the top of this draft, Nuge is already part of the fabric and Klefbom is going to arrive soon. Musil starts his pro career and the only question about him is foot speed but it’s a real question. The guy who wanted Perhonen should feel shame, and Ewanyk, Simpson, Rieder, Gernat and Tuohimaa have either been signed, traded or are on track as legit prospects.

I very much liked the 2011 draft, think the 2013 edition has some very interesting things, too.

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10 Responses to "OILERS AMATEUR SCOUTS 2012-2013"

  1. sliderule says:

    It looks like MacT has been adding to his amateur scouting staff.

    If the quality is there that could be a very good thing for oiler drafting over next few years.

    Looks like another smart move by MacT.

  2. Hammers says:

    So far so good . Tougher job than we think is what I feel . Wonder what these guys earn ??? . my guess 50-80K so adding scouts is the smart move .

  3. justDOit says:

    Hammers,

    Yeah, they’re probably in that range or a touch higher, but they also incur a lot of expenses in their jobs. Lodging, per diems, tickets, car/fuel and flights can add a lot to the cost of scouting.

    And no, I’m not Katz.

  4. godot10 says:

    MacT hasn’t changed the pro scounts. So unless MacT himself, and Howson are geniuses, we have the same pro scouts who haven’t found a cup of water in an ocean for nearly a decade.

  5. Lowetide says:

    godot10:
    MacT hasn’t changed the pro scounts.So unless MacT himself, and Howson are geniuses, we have the same pro scouts who haven’t found a cup of water in an ocean for nearly a decade.

    Not quite true, the Finn is new and was instrumental in getting Belov signed.

  6. supernova says:

    I

    justDOit:
    Hammers,

    Yeah, they’re probably in that range or a touch higher, but they also incur a lot of expenses in their jobs. Lodging, per diems, tickets, car/fuel and flights can add a lot to the cost of scouting.

    And no, I’m not Katz.

    justDOit,

    agree their incurred costs are quite high, I would also imagine the salaries would be anywhere from 40k to 120k depending on a number of factors.

    I have been advocating expanding the scouting department by 2 guys in NA and 1 to 2 in Europe. Even if you estimate total costs per scout somewhere in the 150k range per year, this is a very good use of funds, as it is cheaper to procure your own talent, because you always overpay in the FA market, and in trades you also have to give up assets.

  7. RexLibris says:

    I know that MacGregor likes to see “everybody”, which loosely translates to the top of each regional scout’s list. He does a lot of traveling and I wonder if at some point soon we won’t see MacGregor moved up a rung and someone hired to fill his role so that he can devote more time to providing some overarching perspective to the scouting.

    The great thing about watching an organization flesh out their management ranks (and this coming from someone who is averse to top-heavy corporate structures) is that in cases like this its almost as though a team went from playing checkers to suddenly discovering the game of chess. An entire world of possibilities open up.

    I’ve got something coming up for FlamesNation that looks at Player Development structures amongst a number of teams. Hint: the Flames have a skeleton crew at best and the Blackhawks have something interesting going on.

    It isn’t just about drafting the right player, but sometimes in turning the wrong player into a better fit for the organization.

  8. supernova says:

    RexLibris,

    I understand that Chicago is the only team to also do its own mini-combine, can you confirm this?

  9. Lloyd B. says:

    Great photo. Old time hockey. It is quite likely there was no penalty called !!

  10. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    OilersNow ‏@OilersNow 8m
    Taylor Hall says he may have to play a few games at centre to start the season if RNH isn’t ready to go.

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