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A Scout's Eye: Almost There

Wednesday, 06.18.2008 / 8:16 AM ET / Blogs
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A Scout\'s Eye: Almost There
A Scout's Eye is a blog written by Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce as he takes you behind the scenes of what a scout really goes through as they prepare for their big holiday, the NHL Entry Draft. Scouts are the reason for the home-grown product, those players that are drafted by the team and then make a huge difference for them.

Luce is in his fifth year with the Panthers, after joining the club's scouting staff on July 11, 2002. He oversees the club's amateur scouts and works closely with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin, tracking prospects throughout the world.

Luce has been responsible for the Panthers drafting notable players such as Nathan Horton, Rostislav Olesz, David Booth, Michael Frolik, and Michal Repik.


Six and a half hour drive from London with two Tim Horton stops and Luke Williams and I arrive in Ottawa at our Hotel. Along the way we had several lengthy conversations about our list and the various scenarios that we will be discussing over the next few days. We spoke at length on our new coach as both Luke and I have seen Peter coach for several seasons in the OHL.
 
Tonight, I will unpack and prepare the War Room for a full day of meetings on Wednesday where we will do our final massage of our 2008 Draft List. Not having a First Round selection, we will have many more "What if " discussions as compared to Mock Drafts. This will be a first for our staff, and has already lead to many interesting debates. 
 
Thursday we will be interviewing several prospects that we feel may be on the board with our various selections. Some will be follow up interviews, some will be first time interviews and others will be done to address specific concerns such as fitness or off ice character.
 
Friday morning will see our interviews wrap up as we prepare to head to the Draft. Traffic will be hectic heading to the Draft, so we will leave early and arrive in plenty of time.
 
I am confident that we will land a significant prospect at 31. This is a deep draft and our staff is well prepared for any scenarios that may arise. Things will heat up here, so I will touch base with you after the Draft and provide some feedback then.
 
Scott Luce

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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