More on the Wang way
This week's issue of The Hockey News is the magazine's Bucks & Pucks issue, and one of the cover stories once again delves into the story of New York Islanders owner Charles Wang.
And while we've heard all kinds of anecdotes about Mr. Wang to date, THN senior writer Ken Campbell (formerly of the Toronto Star) mines a new tidbit about the disarray in the organization that I think bears mention:
Wang is walking a perilous path, however, when it comes to franchise building. His minor pro coach has almost no experience coaching elite level hockey. This summer, all but three members of the scouting staff left because they didn't like where the amateur scouting department was heading. Former scout Doug Gibson, who now works for the Montreal Canadiens, claims Wang doesn't believe in amateur scouting and the current Islander regime will spend about 25 per cent of its time on amateur scouting and 75 per cent on pro scouting. He said the scouts had almost no input in last June's draft and were basically ordered by former GM Smith to take Kyle Okposo in the first round.Granted, we'd known things were a mess on Long Island simply because of how the whole Smith/LaFontaine/Snow fiasco went down, but this is a good tangible example of how a screwed up hockey hierarchy can affect the team itself.
"If there had been a camera on our table, it would have been interesting," Gibson said, "because (the scouts) were flabbergasted at some of the names that were being thrown around."
One can only imagine what other shenanigans have factored into the team's current 1-3 record.