During the live chat that he did with Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, Gordie Clark said that “hockey sense” is the most important quality that he looks for in a player.
When talking about his past, Clark said that most of the mistakes he made when drafting players were because those players lacked “hockey sense” and that “hockey sense” is the most important quality for a player to have to make it in the NHL.
Clark said earlier in the week that the Rangers were looking to draft a player that “competes.”
The Rangers want player who know how to play hockey and has high levels of character. One of the things that Clark talked about with Tim Erixon was how well he saw the ice and reacted to the play. These are the kind of players that you want on your team, especially as it grows toward being a contender.
This is one of those things, like goal scoring, that can’t be taught. A player that has hockey sense has a leg up on a player that doesn’t and should be able to provide a better impact on the ice. The Rangers will do themselves well to stock their team with character players, who have talent, and know how to play the game.