CUE BARENAKED LADIESIf I had a scouting service…(If I had…)

If I owned an independent scouting service – as opposed to an independent, “team-sponsored” blog – the last thing I would do is echo the chorus.

 

No, if I owned an independent scouting service and relied upon cash-paying subscribers signing up for the privilege of my expertise, I’d have to give them something different.

 

If I owned an independent scouting service and ranked John Tavares and Victor Hedman 1-2 (in any order), my work would be worthless. How could I promise my subscribers a perspective they won’t get anywhere else? How could I charge between $40 (for a 4-page report) and $275 (for the full 12-page newsletter)?

 

Here’s what I would do. I would put Hedman at No. 1 (can’t go too much against the grain) and then place Matt Duchene ahead of Tavares. I would over-analyze every shift of Tavares in the playoffs of his fourth and final season in the Ontario Hockey League. (Tavares is an awful 9-10-19 in 12 games). To really stir it up, I would criticize his “sense of entitlement.” I mean, he’s 18 years old. Grow up already, kid.

 

And then, if I had a scouting service, a few years later I would hope no one remember that I ranked Matt Duchene ahead of John Tavares.

 

 

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