- Highest level reached: AAA Midget in the late 80s
- Comparable: Andrew Brunette except much slower
- Favourite Team: Quebec Nordiques / Colorado Avalanche
- Favourite Player: Peter Stastny / Peter Forsberg
At first, I started doing this just for fun to see what kind of results I would get 3-4 years down the line. I would watch as many draft eligible players as I could and then come up with my own Top-30 and send it to my brother by email. My results were a bit of a mixed bag early on because I really didn’t get to watch the players nearly as much as I should have but I was still able to determine with a pretty good ratio, the players who didn’t flag to me as players who would develop as many expected. Turns out, I was right more than I was wrong, so I kept going.
I kept putting in more and more time, as much time as I could, all the while working a full-time job and a part-time job. I found that going beyond a Top-30 to a Top-50 tends to widen the scope tends and it becomes more challenging.
Expanding to a Top-100 was an even bigger challenge but it also turned out to be an even more enjoyable process than I anticipated. Having now just a full-time job with a long commute has given me the chance to see more players and make better evaluations. I still don’t get to see all of the draft eligible players that I’d like due to limited time constraints but I do tend to see a large majority of the top ranked players every year.
There are just are too many variables for anyone to get everything right but I feel that I have a pretty good track record over the years. I’d like to think that I’ve gotten a lot more right than wrong but you can judge that for yourself. All I can only say that I have ZERO biases in terms of country of origin, junior team or ethnicity….I just don’t care about any of that to influence my judgement. It’s 100% about what these kids can do on the ice. I just call them as I see them.
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