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Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:30

Lamb shares some strategy for upcoming bantam draft...

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Swift Current Broncos head coach and general manager Mark Lamb is approaching his fourth Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and recently shared some insight into the team’s approach to the draft.


On evaluating players …
“The player we pick has to fit into the structure and identity of what we’re all about. It’s not just the best player statistically … Is he big? What kind of attitude does he have? Can he skate? … But the biggest thing is if you can draft a good player you always have a good asset, whether he fits into your program or not.”
On his evolving approach to the draft …
“In 2010 it was my first draft and I was just going in with my eyes wide open, trying to learn and seeing how everyone was conducting their business. The second one was a lot more hands-on because we’d had the real bad year, we were picking really high and I wanted to change our attitude on the draft and get players that fit a certain mould. And we’re still doing that … you can always tweak it and always get better at what you’re doing.”
On risk management …
“We talk to every player … to find out if they’re committed to the WHL and some of them are just very honest and tell you ‘We’re not sure yet, we’re not saying yes, we’re not saying no,’ and then it turns into our risk to see if it’s worth the gamble of recruiting someone and trying to get them to come to this league. They might even tell you they’re coming and at the end of the day say no, so you want to take risks your organization will be able to handle. Every team has this happen to them.”
On his own involvement …
“I certainly can’t see a player one time and then jump into a meeting and say I really like a player when these guys have seen him play 10 or 20 times and I have to be really careful of that … Because when you’re the boss you can easily sway scouts to go one way or the other and it would be very unprofessional of me at all to think I know what is going on with a player when I haven’t see them. The direction of what kind of players we want comes from me and then (Jamie Porter) gets the players. Jamie is following my direction but it’s his eye and his scouting staff’s eye. We draft players that I’ve never seen.”

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