I chatted with Harry Howell (#3) at an AHL game in the early ‘90s. I asked him how he went about his job as an NHL scout. He described what he called “a hypothetical situation,” randomly naming a few players in the match we were watching, and noting how his boss “might” ask him to assess those skaters in the event his team wanted to trade for them.
Less than a week later I learned Harry’s “hypothetical situation” was actually a real life scenario when his club made a deal for the exact players he had mentioned to me. Thanks for such a generous gift Mr. Howell (1932-2019).