A Scout's Life is a weekly look at the world of minor and pro scouting throughout North America. Each week THN.com talks to different scouts from all levels of the game, getting a first-hand perspective of the different aspects of talent evaluation.

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A Scout's Life: End of the road

A Scout's Life: End of the road

by Rory Boylen - July 9, 2009 10:40 AM EDT

In the final entry of our look at the world of scouting, we discover what goes on for the talent evaluators during the off-season.
“I like to get back home and spend time with the people I haven’t seen enough of over the past few months. Because before you know it, it’s hockey season all over again.


A Scout's Life: Drafting in the late rounds

A Scout's Life: Drafting in the late rounds

by Rory Boylen - July 2, 2009 11:22 AM EDT

In this week's look at the world of scouting, we examine the difficulty and challenge of selecting late.
“All those guys in the last round have something going for them, but then there’s a lot missing. And you never know which of them is going to put it all together.


A Scout's Life: Combine influence

A Scout's Life: Combine influence

by Rory Boylen - June 4, 2009 3:17 PM EDT

This week in our feature on the world of talent evaluation, we explore just how much a prospect can move up or down based on his combine results.
“It’s like a big game and you see if they’re mentally prepared for it. The atmosphere is different for a kid, having a lot of people standing and staring at them as they work out, but again, you see how a kid reacts in a unique situation.


A Scout's Life: Injury impact on prospects

A Scout's Life: Injury impact on prospects

by Rory Boylen - May 21, 2009 12:52 PM EDT

Just how far can an injury push a player down in the draft? We examine that question in our regular scouting feature.
“These injured guys, we have doctors who go to the combine and draft and we assess these players with specialists that come in. I mean, there’s so much money at risk here – the risk of having your pick fail, it’s costly; costly in time and in money.


A Scout's Life: Looking at the world under-18 tourney

A Scout's Life: Looking at the world under-18 tourney

by Rory Boylen - April 30, 2009 1:38 PM EDT

Who impressed and who failed to step up at this year's showdown?
“I thought the U.S. for sure played well and played up to their potential. Because they were together all season they should have given Sweden, Canada and Russia good games and they played to that potential.


A Scout's Life: Shifting landscape

A Scout's Life: Shifting landscape

by Rory Boylen - April 16, 2009 4:05 PM EDT

In this edition of our weekly look at the world of scouting, we see how younger players are making an earlier NHL impact.
“Players are better conditioned and stronger at a younger age, so you’re really starting to find players who are more complete physically than maybe they were 20 years ago.


A Scout's Life: Playoff performances

A Scout's Life: Playoff performances

by Rory Boylen - April 9, 2009 11:40 AM EDT

In our weekly look at the world of hockey scouts, we examine how a post-season appearance can impact a prospect.
“It’s a way of defining who they really are in addition to all the other bodies of work you have on them. It’s that final piece that defines them, whether they truly are that player you think: Can they bring up their game when it really matters?” – Western Conference scout.


A Scout's Life: Could Duchene topple Tavares?

A Scout's Life: Could Duchene topple Tavares?

by Rory Boylen - March 26, 2009 10:30 AM EDT

In this edition of THN.com's weekly look at talent evaluation, we focus at rising prospect Matt Duchene of the OHL.
“Will Duchene overtake Hedman or Tavares? I don’t know. Quite honestly I’m glad I’m not in that position. I think Duchene could put up some serious numbers in the NHL someday.


A Scout's Life: 2012 draft looking weak

by Rory Boylen - March 19, 2009 2:47 PM EDT

In this edition of our weekly look at the world of talent evaluation, we look ahead to the '12 NHL Entry Draft.
“I’ve been in this racket for 15 years and straight across the board this is the weakest draft. Straight across the board, without question.


A Scout's Life: 'Q' the comeback

A Scout's Life: 'Q' the comeback

by Rory Boylen - March 12, 2009 11:35 AM EDT

In our weekly feature on talent evaluation, we set our sights on the next wave of QMJHL stars.
“I would summarize this year’s draft as no consensus on the first six guys.” – Quebec League chief scout. The unique QMJHL, famously known for its history of churning out top-tier goalies like Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury and Roberto Luongo, didn’t have the best showing at the 2008 NHL draft.


A Scout's Life: Next wave of OHL stars

A Scout's Life: Next wave of OHL stars

by Rory Boylen - March 5, 2009 12:17 PM EST

This week in our look at the world of evaluating talent, we rundown the top Ontario League prospects.
“I think OHL teams are taking a longer look at the smaller puck-moving defensemen like other leagues. You can have one of them, but I don’t know if you can have two or three of them.


A Scout's Life: Dub deep in 'D'

A Scout's Life: Dub deep in 'D'

by Rory Boylen - February 26, 2009 2:45 PM EST

This week in our regular feature on the world of scouting, we look at the upcoming Western League bantam draft.
“It’s a deep draft for defense. The defensemen will go early so teams can get their hands on a top defender that is so valuable.” – Western League scout on the 2009 WHL draft.


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