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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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All Håkan Andersson

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com: Was there ever a time when you needed to switch gears because an unsuspected pick was made right before yours?

HA: “Sometimes we go by a list that we put together, but I still remember the year (2004) we drafted Johan Franzen. The name higher on our list at the time was Alexander Edler. But Vancouver made a trade when they realized we were likely going to take him since they didn’t have a third-round pick. We knew Vancouver was interested in Alex, but we felt pretty safe since they didn’t have a third-round pick. But then we heard the announcement that a trade was made and I said to Jim Nill, ‘This is it, Vancouver is trading for a pick just before us and they’re going to take Alex.’ So we waited and Vancouver did it. So Jim and I regrouped and said ‘Ok, what’s the next name.’ That was Johan Franzen, so we took him.”

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All Olympic Talk

Red Wings’ Head of European Scouting Hakan Andersson talks about Team Sweden and the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Also, Steve Yzerman talks Team Canada and Ken Morrow talks Team USA.

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Sometimes It Pays To Hide In The Corner

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Hakan Andersson was sitting at a Stockholm-area mall, having lunch with a friend when a 16-year-old boy walked up to him and said something quite unusual.

“Are you Hakan Andersson, the scout from Detroit?”

If you’re in the line of work that Andersson is, fame is nice, but a hurdle in getting the job done.

“First-time ever it’s happened to me in my entire life,” said Andersson of being recognized. “I think people around the rinks might know me, but that’s about it. I buy my ticket, walk in, stand in a corner, watch. I don’t want anybody to know. If you’re on what I call a little mission, watching a guy in a lesser-known league, then you want to be in the corner. You don’t want anyone to say, ‘I saw the Red Wings scout here last game.’”

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The Wings ‘Euro’ Conection

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the overseas flight to the Stanley Cup final, Hakan Andersson pulled out his NHL guide and began to play a game.

The scout wanted to see if any player drafted in 1999 turned out better than Henrik Zetterberg.

He looked at Martin Havlat, first-round choice. He looked at the Sedin Twins, early first-round choices. He settled on his pick, Zetterberg, chosen 210th nine years ago.

“If you were to do the draft over again, I think he’s the first pick,” said Andersson.

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