My apologies for starting off so late today, but you should know that my own hockey career sometimes gets in the way (speaking of which, I actually had a former NHL All-Star who was also a Ranger at one point on my line today. I’ll let you all try to guess who it was. And just to be clear, it’s not like the guys I play with are all of that level. Or more to the point, no one else is).
Anyway, the Rangers are on the ice for their first practice back in New York, but I wanted to pass along “my story from today on Rangers scout Frank Effinger”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061104/SPORTS01/611040388/1108. Here’s hoping you enjoy it, but I should mention that full disclosure is in order: Frank was actually my first hockey coach, when I was six years old and the closest thing I had to a blog was a running commentary in between shifts.
Beyond our relationship, it was interesting to learn something about how a scout goes about his job. Guys like me all think we understand the game so well, but it’s only when you sit with a scout for a game — as I did this week in Hartford — that you realize how much you still don’t see.
There was one point when Effinger, Don Maloney and I were all watching the action below, and Maloney pointed out that forward Lauri Korpikoski wasn’t supporting the puck as well as he should. I honestly never picked up on it, but just then, Effinger opened up his notebook, and pointed to me where he made the exact same observation earlier in the game.
The guy clearly knows the game, which is why he always told me I should focus on writing instead of playing.