What better way to kick off a scouting season than an international tournament?
When it comes to good problems to have, trying to pick the top five performers at a top prospects game certainly fits the bill.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (to watch hockey).
What it might lack in names you know right now, it more than makes up for in names that you will know in the future.
While the prestigious World Junior Championship draws the most attention when it comes to junior tournaments in December, there is another annual event that, while it might not have the same overall star power, presents a comparably good opportunity to scout some of the best draft-eligible prospects in advance of that year’s draft.
Kaapo Kakko is ready to push.
When it comes to the concept of expectations, the higher they are the more difficult it is to reach them.
Game on. With the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup come and gone, the scouting season for the 2019 NHL Draft is now underway. The week-long, eight-team tournament in Edmonton and Red Deer gave scouts and other onlookers an excellent opportunity to become better acquainted with many of hockey’s top young prospects.
Bring on 2019. The 2018 NHL Draft took place just over a month ago, but the world of hockey scouting never really sleeps. Even though the summer months are filled with sunshine and warm weather, they also provide a brief window between hockey seasons to schedule camps, tournaments and other events.
For many young hockey players growing up, the Western Hockey League is the ideal stepping-stone on the illustrious dream path to the NHL.
Sometimes the most difficult situations can be the best learning experiences.
For an undersized forward playing on a young and rebuilding WHL team, ‘the bigger they are, the harder they fall’ is a pretty good mantra to live by.
It’s amazing what a change of scenery can accomplish.
Playing in the Western Hockey League is no easy task for any 17-year-old hockey player.
Having to sit out a significant portion of your team’s games due to injury is bad enough, but having to do so when your club is absolutely tearing up the league it plays in?
Two-hundred and seventeen players, representing a total of 14 different countries, were selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Moose Jaw Warriors forward Luka Burzan has always had a knack for scoring goals.
Cole Fonstad knows firsthand what it’s like to be part of a losing hockey team.
Coach Shaun Clouston found himself in a difficult position when the 2017-18 WHL season began for the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Calen Addison is a self-aware teenager. He knows the type of player that he is.
One would be forgiven in thinking Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith is older than he is.
For young hockey players trying to punch their ticket to the NHL, no two paths are quite the same.