Saturday, February 25, 2012

Trade deadline weekend - Scouting report

We're in the stretch run as we approach the Monday, 3PM EST National Hockey League trade deadline, so I figured now was as good a time as any to see which scouts have been showing up to Columbus Blue Jackets games.  Tracking scouts offers a level of insight as to which teams might have interest in trading for CBJ players.  Of course, some teams (like, say, Detroit) probably are showing up for competitive reasons.

As of last night, here are the scouts.  Remember, the number listed per game represents the number of scouts that were present at that specific game (as in, the Bruins had 3 scouts at the LA game).  The "COUNT" figure lists the number of games where a team's scouts (one or a million, doesn't matter) show up.

What to make of all this?  Here's my quick take:
  • Boston and New Jersey showed up for the first time in a while.  Taking one last look at the merchandise before the yard sale closes?
  • The Rangers may or may not be chafing at the CBJ's asking price for Rick Nash, but their scouting crew hasn't missed a game for a while.  Actions speak louder than words.  (And the Flyers are back, kicking the tires...)  At the same time, Toronto hasn't sent a scout to a CBJ game since February 7th.  If the Leafs ended up with Nash, I'd be pretty surprised.
  • Tampa sent a scout last night.  I'd guess that Guy Boucher has put a bug in Steve Yzerman's ear about Boucher's old juniors player, Derick Brassard.  Just a hunch.
  • Based on recent scout activity, Pittsburgh's clearly got someone in mind. Wonder who they're looking at.
There's one more CBJ game before the trade deadline, tomorrow's 1PM tilt with Pittsburgh, so odds are that I'll run one more update.

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