Thanks for the link, that is a good article despite the typo that landed Gretzky on our "team"!
Other teams say they are placing greater emphasis on pro scouting, believing the ability to find and sign dependable $500,000 players will be the key to successful teams. Based on how the Penguins performed last summer in restocking their team, do you feel comfortable that the team is on top of that situation?
Why does Patrick deserve the chance to build around this core?
The financial restraints Patrick has faced have forced him to deconstruct the core of the team for over 10 years. It isn't easy to find core players in the draft when you are picking 15th and higher but it should be noted that guys like Naslund and Straka were drafted during Bowman's stay here, and drafted 15th and higher. Bowman's hockey knowledge is impossible to replace and the scouting and developement dropped off dramatically. These are the excuses and they are valid.
The bad news is that Patrick has'nt come close to hiring the right poeple in years. Being an ex-Penguin is great for PR but it does'nt make you a hockey expert, not by a long shot. Edzo is one of my favorite analysts but that does'nt translate into good coaching or scouting. Does'nt hurt to be personable and have good communication skills, but that does'nt make you an expert either. That qoute holds water because I know that in a cap era drafting means everything. Hiring all these guys is Patricks move and the record speaks for itself. There is no room for error and they need to upgrade the scouting staff BIGTIME so that when they get good they stay good. I don't think Patrick has as much controll and respect as he did when he first arrived and his "inside the organization" mentality is only valid when you ARE WINNING. They have sucked for years and still he is afraid to look for the best people outside the organization.