In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for how scouts evaluate hockey players. They go over the different categories a scout might be grading, how they breakdown each skill for evaluation, and how you can use this knowledge to improve your training protocol.
Ep.84 | What A Scout Sees with Coach Andy
Show Notes and Resources
The boys open this episode discussing the controversial off-side non-call in Game 1 of the 2022 Conference Final between Edmonton and Colorado. This leads into a conversation on how sports can now review plays and when/if it can go too far. Coach Andy touches on a few players he’s trained whose careers are coming to an end and how difficult it is to have an extended career as a professional. They branch into the importance of being dialed in as a training athlete – particularly, with nutrition and recovery.
From there, Coach Andy introduces the topic by first going through a recent podcast he came across with Saginaw Spirit head coach Chris Lazary – he discusses his story and team philosophy, and how players might develop their hockey IQ under that system. On a related note, Coach Andy discusses a young OHL player playing a big role in the playoffs that might fly under the radar.
This sets the stage for the main topic of what a scout sees when evaluating players. Coach Andy runs through a recent article from a junior hockey scout outlining his process of evaluation for young players. From this, Coach Andy and Eric break down the main categories of skill – shooting, passing, skating, puck control, hockey IQ, etc. – as well as the key elements within each that are important to understand. They discuss how you can use this information to help improve your own game, evaluate the quality of an instructor/coach you are paying for, or just to better understand what goes into the scouting process.