Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/05/09 at 04:30 PM ET
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
A lot of casual hockey fans presume that NHL executives and scouts congregate at the WJC in search of talents, with the hope of finding as-yet-undiscovered talent. I’m sure it’s happen at some point, just not at any of the ten tournaments I’ve worked.
It’s really about checking the progress of well-known entities, watching them under the stiffest tests and greatest pressure. Fact is, most players here have been on the radar for at least a couple of seasons. Most of the best here are already drafted, e.g. Sweden’s first-line centre Oscar Moller is L.A.‘s property, Cody Hodgson Vancouver’s. NHL scouting directors already have thick files on John Tavares, Victor Hedman and others who are eligible for the first time in June are already. They’re not be discovered, just measured.
continued & don’t forget, the WJC Finals are tonight and can be viewed on the NHL Network in the USA and TSN in Canada. Pre-game starts at 7:00pm ET.
added 1:39pm, from the CP via NHL.com,
Steve Yzerman knew how Canada’s junior hockey team felt heading into the gold-medal game against Sweden at the world junior hockey championship Monday.
Yzerman, the executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic team for 2010, has played in and won Stanley Cup finals and Olympic finals. The 43-year-old visited the junior team’s dressing room after their pre-game skate Monday.
“I told them to keep cool, but I don’t know exactly how you do that though,” Yzerman said. “The big games, the key is to figure out a way to be calm and relaxed. The more times you go through it, the more ways you figure it out.
“It’s not an easy thing to do.”
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