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Hakan Andersson Talks Scouting

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

As the director of European scouting for the Detroit Red Wings, Hakan Andersson certainly racks up plenty of frequent-flyer miles.

He certainly made more than his share of flights to Russia this season in attempt to evaluate prospects sure to be in the cross hairs of NHL scouts and general managers at the NHL Entry Draft, June 25-26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“It’s time consuming and it varies from year to year, but I enjoy it,” Andersson told NHL.com.

Especially when Andersson can unearth that diamond in the rough that has become commonplace for an organization that routinely has drafted in the later stages of each round.

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SYF's avatar

In the some of the drafts in the past, it would appear that the Wings like to trade their first round pick if it means they would get two or more picks in a later round.  I don’t pretend to understand why they do that but it has been quite noticeable.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/16/10 at 04:00 PM ET

Sadie's avatar

SYF, you probably read this as well, but Jim Nill responded to a question about trading down the other day:

“We definitely will consider trading down, if there are 3-4 players that are still high on our list at our pick, it gives us an opportunity to have a chance of picking 2 players instead of 1.”

Which makes sense…if there are still several players that you’ve rated highly left, and you’re pretty sure that you’ll get at least one of them no matter what, it’s not a huge risk to trade down.  No one player’s a sure thing, after all, particularly when you’re drafting late in the round anyway.

Posted by Sadie from Ann Arbor, MI on 06/16/10 at 05:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Sadie!

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/17/10 at 01:31 AM ET

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