Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/05/06 at 09:59 AM ET
Assistant general manager Jim Nill criss-crossed Europe recently checking out prospects for the upcoming draft, players who'll be draft-eligible in a few seasons and some of the Wings' own prospects. He takes two or three long trips to Europe every year to scout players.... At some tournaments, he'll watch three games in a single day. He takes notes, then enters his observations into a log that other Wings scouts use to record their thoughts on the same player. The fun part of such trips, Nill said, is watching the next big players while they're still a small blip on the radar. For example, Nill first saw Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, the favorite to win NHL rookie of the year, play as a 14-year-old.read on...FYI, Jim Nill may be on the last leg with the Wings, his name has been brought up for a few GM jobs that may become open after the season...
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