Son of former Sens GM shines

SHANE ROSS

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

PEMBROKE -- Trying to evaluate NHL talent is tough enough, but imagine the pressure when the kid you're scouting is your boss' son.

Panthers scout Paul Gallagher was in Pembroke yesterday for the CJHL Top Prospects game. One players in his sights was Ben Sexton of the Nepean Raiders, the son of Florida assistant GM Randy Sexton.

Imagine the phone call.

"Hello, Randy, Paul here. This Sexton kid's got hands of stone and is a wimp in the corners. I think we should take a pass on him."

Awkward.

Luckily, Ben Sexton is a tough centre with soft hands, which makes Gallagher's assessment a little easier. The 17-year-old has 29 points and 50 penalty minutes in 32 games for the second-place Raiders. But Gallagher insists if Sexton was a dud, he'd call him a dud.

"We treat him like any other player," said Gallagher, who thinks Sexton could be drafted this year. "We use the same criteria to judge from. Not just athletic ability, but brain power, and the ability to make good plays under pressure.

"Anyone with family members in the business knows what takes place."

Randy Sexton certainly knows. The former Senators GM has evaluated hundreds of players in his career as an NHL executive.

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He has advised Ben to follow in his footsteps and go the U.S. college route. Randy played at St. Lawrence, and Ben, who was drafted by the 67's but chose to play for Nepean, has committed to the Clarkson Golden Knights for next season.

Dad doesn't get too technical with his on-ice tips.

"I ask him after every game and he just asks me if I worked hard and did my best and had a blast out there," said Ben.

The answer after yesterday's prospects game would have been yes. He was named his team's MVP.


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