Here at SinBin.vegas and across the hockey media world much of the focus of the new Las Vegas franchise has been on the Expansion Draft. But the draft three days later might be the one that’ll be tougher for Vegas to prepare for, and definitely will have the longest term impact on the future of the budding organization.
It’s seems counterintuitive that the draft almost every member on the staff has been through will be tougher to prepare for than the one that’s new. But it makes more sense when you consider the staffs in place to deal with each draft.
On the Expansion Draft side, in addition to the big Mc’s at the helm, McPhee and McCrimmon, you have a collection of professional scouts, a capologist, and a guy who created a website tool specifically focused on the Expansion Draft. The important part of this staff is, not a single one of them have gone through this process before. There are no preconceived notions, there are no prior successes, and there’s not a single guy in the room with a cynical thought stemming from a disastrous moment in their hockey past.
So now flip over to the amateur draft side of things. Once again we’ve got Team McMc in charge, with Scott Luce and his staff of six amateur scouts doing the grunt work.
McPhee came from Washington where he participated in 17 drafts as the GM. McCrimmon, formerly the GM of the Brandon Wheat Kings has been sending kids into the Entry Draft for more than a decade. Luce has been with the Florida Panthers since 2002, and his amateur scouting staff has guys from the Edmonton Oilers, the WHL, NCAA, and Team USA.
To put it softly, in that war room there will be a lot of different ideas on exactly how to come to a conclusion on which youngster to draft.
We were still developing our template for reports at that point, trying to establish a system that everyone on our staff is comfortable with. And really, we’re still working on that. We’ll be tweaking it as we go along this season. With just a couple of exceptions, they’ve never read each others’ reports. They’ve never sat in a war room together. They’ve never put together a list. They’ve never been sat around the table on the floor at the draft together. –Scott Luce, Director of Amateur Scouting to SportsNet.ca
There’s no question the Las Vegas front office is somewhat of a dream team, and that bodes very well for the Expansion Draft, but if they want to have success later that week, they’ll have to come together quick, which is easier said than done.