Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 7:39 PM
David Poile and Paul Fenton arrived from NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas and joined in on the meetings in the afternoon. Poile took the lead for much of the late session, pushing the scouts on the prospects they feel will be available with the Preds picks.
Trade conversations have also picked up around the league this afternoon. Philadelphia's two trades definitely shook-up the complexion of the draft board. And as per norm, GM's around the league are testing the waters, so to speak, to see what the trade value is for different players and picks.
Poile and Fenton took the scouts through a couple of hyoptheticals to guage the scouts' opinions of the prospects potentially available in different ranges versus the prospects potentially available in the slots the Preds currently own --- it's an annual exercise that the scouts go through to measure how strongly they feel about the different areas of the draft and to give Poile an idea of how hard he should push if trade offers are presented. It's a very interesting exercise to listen in on; the discussions often sound a lot like trades presented in fantasy hockey leagues. The mock discussions among the scouts get that in-depth and that strong into hypotheticals --- which teams around the league may need what elements to their team and which Preds players/prospects may be able to fill that element and then what the Preds would need to get back in return to make a deal enticing, followed up by a gauge of how likely that team might be to entertain such a deal.
Most often the conversations are just that, but in past years they have resulted in calls to other teams and preliminary conversations. Poile likes to have his pulse on the potential options so the Preds don't get surprised by offers presented on the draft floor.
Right now, the Preds trade front seems quiet, but with multiple second and fourth round picks and a deep system of young prospects, there are likely to be several teams making trade inquiries over the course of the weekend.