A Scout's Life

A Scout's Life: College recruits

A Scout's Life: College recruits

by Rory Boylen - February 19, 2009 1:12 PM EST

In our weekly examination of the world of scouting we look at how NCAA programs are built and how recruiting differs from traditional scouting.
“It’s different than in the NHL or junior because we don’t have a draft; we don’t have lists to follow.” - Andy Slaggert, associate coach and recruiting coordinator for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s hockey program.


A Scout's Life: Battling the cold

A Scout's Life: Battling the cold

by Rory Boylen - February 12, 2009 11:44 AM EST

In this edition of our regular examination of the scouting world, we look at how talent evaluators deal with chilly conditions.
“There’ve been times when it’s been 30-40 degrees below, so we went outside to warm up.” – Western Conference scout For anyone who grew up playing minor hockey, rose early to ref Saturday morning games, volunteered to coach a youth team or just stood hands-in-pockets as a spectator at many local rinks, stories of cold arenas are plentiful and still make you shiver to this day.


A Scout's Life: Tech boom

A Scout's Life: Tech boom

by Rory Boylen - February 5, 2009 2:20 PM EST

This week in our feature on scouting, we focus on how the RinkNet computer program is making talent evaluation more efficient.
“I’ve been around since before RinkNet, but I still can’t imagine doing this job without it.” – Western Conference scout.


A Scout's Life: Eye on Russia

A Scout's Life: Eye on Russia

by Rory Boylen - January 29, 2009 10:54 AM EST

In our weekly feature on scouting, we focus on the future of prospect hunting without a transfer agreement.
“Now we’re just looking at the top-end Russians. If we knew they were in these leagues over there we’d check them out, but we're not going to look for them.


A Scout's Life: Wild ride

A Scout's Life: Wild ride

by Rory Boylen - January 22, 2009 2:32 PM EST

A profile of Wild amateur scout Paul Charles is the focus of this edition of THN.com's weekly examination of the world of scouting.
“My goal was never to become a pro scout. My goal was to raise my family and get through life and make sure I had enough money.” – Paul Charles, amateur scout, Minnesota Wild When the Minnesota Wild went to the podium at last June’s entry draft and announced Tyler Cuma of the Ottawa 67’s as its first round draft pick, you can bet amateur scout Paul Charles had a loud voice in the decision-making process.


A Scout's Life: Junior vs. college

A Scout's Life: Junior vs. college

by Rory Boylen - January 15, 2009 12:02 PM EST

This week in THN.com's regular look at the world of scouting, we explore the debate over which circuit better prepares you to go pro.
“A fifth round pick who’s got holes in his game and something to work on – maybe his size, strength, or whatever – he has to the age of 23 in the NCAA and that can make all the difference in the world.


A Scout's Life: WJC aftermath

A Scout's Life: WJC aftermath

by Rory Boylen - January 8, 2009 11:05 AM EST

In THN.com's regular look at the world of scouting, we focus on the rise and fall of players in the wake of the world juniors.
“Tavares put his team on his shoulders and made the difference and Hedman didn’t do that. But overall, Hedman might have contributed more, but at the same time, Tavares was MVP.


A Scout's Life: Size matters

A Scout's Life: Size matters

by Rory Boylen - December 18, 2008 11:16 AM EST

In our weekly look at prospect projection, we talk to scouts about the shift towards smaller snipers in the new NHL.
“Tyler Ennis, who Buffalo drafted in the first round, is a tiny guy. Prior to the lockout I don’t know if he would have had a chance to be drafted in the first round.


A Scout's Life: Body vs. mind

A Scout's Life: Body vs. mind

by Rory Boylen - December 11, 2008 12:11 PM EST

In this edition of our regular look at the world of scouting, the perils and promise of projecting talent in developing frames.
“It’s like a batting average. If you have a batter who can hit .400, you have a hell of a hitter on your hands.” –Paul Charles, Minnesota Wild The art of studying a player and formulating a career projection is what scouting at the NHL level is all about.


A Scout's Life: Hard work pays off for passed-over Lucic

A Scout's Life: Hard work pays off for passed-over Lucic

by Rory Boylen - December 4, 2008 9:43 AM EST

In this edition of our weekly look at the world of scouting, how Milan Lucic grew into an NHL star.
“He’s a self-made guy. He did everything he could to make himself a better player and he still does to this day.” – Scott Bonner, GM of the Western League’s Vancouver Giants As explored last week, drafting players out of bantam for major junior is a tough task.


A Scout's Life: Proper projections

A Scout's Life: Proper projections

by Rory Boylen - November 27, 2008 11:09 AM EST

This week in our regular look at the world of scouting, we focus on finding late-round gems in junior hockey drafts.
“If you’re good enough, the scouts will find you.” – Scouting adage When scouting talent for major junior, the top-level players stick out.


A Scout's Life: Finding hidden gems

A Scout's Life: Finding hidden gems

by Rory Boylen - November 20, 2008 11:21 AM EST

In our weekly look at the world of pro and amateur scouting, we look at the art of getting all the needed info and more.
“There are always guys who will jump out you weren’t expecting to. That’s a bonus, someone else to follow.” - Paul Castron, director of amateur scouting, Columbus Blue Jackets When you sit down to watch a hockey game there are a lot of players to see.


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