Here’s a conversation I had with my good friend, an Ottawa, Ontario area scout for Kingston Frontenacs, Pat Domenico.
I began OHL scouting for Oshawa Generals in 2005. That was during the 1989’s birth year, when Tavares (a 1990) came up to the Generals in the OHL with special status as a 14 year old.
Do different scouts have different systems of discovering talent, i.e. one focuses on prep schools because others don’t?
Yes, but mostly scouts cover the same stuff and have to work hard and dig to compete with one another to recruit found talent.
Ever scouted a girl for OHL?
No, there are a couple goalies now playing in lower leagues elsewhere, but females are not strong enough to play forward. There are many competitive hockey avenues for girls other than mens pro leagues.
Do any of the multitude of athlete-profile-websites or pro-scouting-websites or sports-management-websites send you CHL draft pick candidates?
They mostly get ignored because they aren’t known for sending top talent.
Kids oft ask, “How do I get scouted?”
1) You have to be 15+
2) USAHockey’s summer festival is best for viewing American players, so try to get into USA Hockey Player Development Camps in the spring.
I also get asked if scouts look at NCAA div 3? Eric Sellec was a FL Panther was div 3
Some kids do go from NCAA D3 to D1 or NCAA D1 to CHL though.
If one commits to school & is drafted by the CHL too, then go to CHL for better coaching and higher level of play to prepare for pro hockey.
Do you, or most scouts, look at kids in prep schools as CHL prospects?
I can’t speak for all, but I don’t. It is common knowledge among Major Junior Hockey Scouts that kids in prep school are school bound. Meaning they would prefer to follow a scholastic path in hockey.