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A Scout's Eye: First Half Report

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
A Scout's Eye is a blog written by Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce as he takes you behind the scenes of what a scout really goes through as they prepare for their big holiday, the NHL Entry Draft. Scouts are the reason for the home-grown product, those players that are drafted by the team and then make a huge difference for them.

Luce is in his seventh season with the Panthers, after joining the club's scouting staff on July 11, 2002. He oversees the club's amateur scouts and works closely with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin, tracking prospects throughout the world.

Luce has been responsible for the Panthers drafting notable players such as Nathan Horton, Rostislav Olesz, David Booth, Michael Frolik, Michal Repik, Keaton Ellerby and Jacob Markstrom.

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Hello from Snowy New England....
Sitting in my hotel room as a New England Storm rages outside....  Fortunately, the tournament we  had to cover today was not postponed and we were able to see two high end future NHL prospects. I hope they do not cancel the games Sunday and more importantly, I want to make sure I get home for Christmas....
The first half of the scouting season has flown by. The kick off tournament in August showed that there would be some definite prospects of interest from Europe. September saw us in our Rookie tournament and then before we knew it, the NHL season was upon us. We have several young prospects in the AHL and NHL at this point in time and it is nice for our scouts to see their efforts pay off. Even though Rochester has been off to a rocky start, it is clearly evident that we have a nice pipeline of talent coming and Rochester will straighten itself out with quality coaching and direction.
I have been to the WHL, OHL, USHL, NCAA and both US High School East and West so far. I will do the QMJHL prior to our Mid Season Meetings and that will give me world wide coverage. Our meetings in January will dictate where I will need to go in the second half of the season.
The upcoming World Juniors will provide some of our prospects a chance to showcase their talents and all indications are that we will have 3-4 players in this years tournament. Right now I am just waiting on the Russian Roster to be named to finalize who we have in the tournament.
Our 2008 Draft picks are performing well and some of our mid to late goalie selections in the past are having solid seasons to date. It is a process and we are now fully confident in what we have coming through the system.
I look forward to filing an update after the World Juniors in Ottawa.
Scott Luce
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