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Players' size no longer the deciding factor for scouts

Updated: September 29, 2006, 1:47 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

For years, when the boys from the Central Scouting Service gathered in the big boardroom at league headquarters in Toronto, the familiar phrase could be heard over and over as they debated the merits of young prospects:

"Good junior player, but he won't be a good NHL player."

Inevitably, the commentary reflected on a player's size.

But the conversations are starting to head in a little different direction. Now, when the service's scouts discuss a hulking 17-year-old defensemen, ...

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