Nick Bobrov’s Track Record

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have hired a couple of new men to help with their hockey operations. Since the firing of Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins at the end of November, Martin Lapointe has been filling the role of Director of Amateur Scouting. We didn’t know if it was by interim or permanent but it seems like we got our answer today with the team’s announcement.

The team also announced that while Lapointe will remain in his functions of Director of Player Personnel, but added the title of Co-Director of Amateur Scouting to his functions. He will likely focus solely on North America in his role. The team has hired former Boston Bruins and New York Rangers’ Director of European Scouting Nick Bobrov as Co-Director of Amateur Scouting. He will likely oversea the European side of the department.

For one, Vincent Lecavalier didn’t use the Canadiens to negotiate a better contract in Tampa Bay this time around, as he joins the organisation as a Special Consultant to Hockey Operations. This likely means that he will be able to continue to be paid tax-free money, suntanning in Tampa.

Bobrov’s track record

Some people are thrilled of the addition of Bobrov. Others, not so much. This prompted me to do a little bit of research, as I often like to do, in order to form a more educated opinion on the Canadiens’ management new addition. For “misses“, to be fair, I have focussed solely on the top three rounds of the Draft as anything beyond is a flip of the coin toss no matter the origin of the picks. The “hits” are from any round.

Boston Bruins (2001-2006)

PICKROUND/OVERALLYEARNHL GP
HITSDavid Krejci2nd Rd (63)2004962
Vladimir Sobotka4th Rd (106)2005548
MISSESVladislav Yevseyev2nd Rd (56)20020
Hannu Toivonen1st Rd (29)200261
Mikko Lehtonen3rd Rd (83)20052
Petr Kalus2nd Rd (39)200511
Yuri Alexandrov2nd (37)20060

New York Rangers (2015-2021)

This is a lot more recent and it’s definitely more difficult to assess hits and misses. So take those with a grain of salt, of course, as it can still change. For that reason, I’ve also added a section for “to be determined (TBD)“.

PICKROUND/OVERALLYEARNHL GP
HITSFilip Chytil1st Rd (21)2017226
Kaapo Kakko1st Rd (2)2019151
MISSESRobin Kovacs3rd Rd (62)20150
Aleksi Saarela3rd Rd (89)20159
Lias Andersson1st Rd (7)2017102
TBDVitali Kravtsov1st Rd (9)201820
Nils Lundkvist1st Rd (28)201825
Olof Lindbom2nd Rd (39)20180
Jakob Ragnarsson3rd Rd (70)20180
Karl Henriksson2nd Rd (58)20190
Oliver Tarnstrom3rd Rd (92)20200

Conclusion

Obviously, you can draw your own conclusions with the list provided above. But from what I can see, Bobrov’s track record has nothing to write a book about. So far, he has uncovered one very good player in David Krejci, which the Bruins got in the second round. It’s pretty hard to give credit to anyone picking second overall as the Rangers did with Kakko but Chytil seems to be a pretty good player.

There are many others picked from 2018 to 2021 (six to be exact) who remain to be seen. Even if half of them turn into good players, I’m not so sure that it justifies the hiring of Bobrov. But hey, what do I know? I can only go with numbers as I’m not in the circle of professional hockey experts. Here’s hoping that the new management works out for the best for the Canadiens. So far, while early, there are more questions than answers.

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