On Draft Day

Doug is a former Ice Hockey Head Coach, GM, and sportscaster and he has just written a terrific new book called Draft Day: How Hockey Teams Pick Winners or Get Left Behind.


 Doug is a great story teller and some of the highlights of our discussion were;

  • The importance of scouting staff, and how in Hockey they have to cover Canada, the USA. And key parts of Europe like Czech, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
  •  How he talks about the tension between scouting and analytics, and describes analytics as the salt and pepper you put on your meal.
  •  The way he talks about trading for the future, not the past.


And the story he tells about his biggest draft mistake and how it ended up costing him personally 30 million.

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