New Hockey Prospects Blog: Scouting Hockey’s Future

Hi folks, just dropping in here to give a quick plug for my new site, http://www.scoutinghockeysfuture.com. It’s the kind of thing I’ve wanted to do for some time now, and I’m really excited for you all to see it. A brief explanation might be helpful.

About a week ago for this site, I wrote a piece comparing Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko’s skill sets based on video highlights and the like. It was some of the most fun I had in a while, and I I found myself wishing I knew who else to look out for in this upcoming draft. Unfortunately I’m just not that dialed in to the world of prospects, but lucky me, I know some good people who are.

That’s what sparked this idea – a collective effort where people who keep tabs on up-and-comers keep analysts, writers, editors, and social media types informed of what’s going on in the world of prospects. Essentially, we have a small “braintrust” who keep us up to date on who’s worth covering, a group of people who fill out a sort of pre-framed “scouting report”, and then people who do all of the typical blog stuff as well. Each analyst received authorship credit over their work on the site, regardless of who actually did the writeup, because to me the heavy lifting is the important part.

All of this is to say I’m really excited about this project and where it goes. We’ll have posts going up at 8am, 1pm, and 5pm each day this week in the run up to the draft on guys not named Hughes or Kakko, and I’d love it if you all gave it a read, because I think you’ll really enjoy it. Our twitter account is @SHF_Hockey, and our Facebook page is here. I will of course still be writing here at Blue Seat, but would greatly appreciate your support in this new venture. Thanks, and enjoy!

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  • Tried to post something and got blocked as a suspected BOT … too bad the rest of the internet couldn’t so easily err on the side of caution with all the suspected Russian BOTS prior to the 2016 election. lol

  • Podkolzin goal totals in the piece don’t add up. Article has him for 40 goals, combing thru stats he has 36(22 of those in international play)

    I just see a kid who tore up Hlinka in a man’s build while the rest of his cohort caught up at U18. Didn’t show skill level to produce at U20, meh production rate fo both VHL & MHL.

    His style of play might have a little more traction plowing through the dwarves as defenders the league keeps on drafting, but against the bottom 4 type D he’s gonna see bigger guys he can’t bull rush and can’t skate around.

    • I know I’m in the minority here, but I think Dorofeyev interests me more. I think he’s a sleeper, he could go Top 20 just as easily as he could fall into the late 1st round, early 2nd round … so here’s hoping someone grabs Podkolzin early, I rather our scouting staff not be tempted.

  • Shane Pinto, a center from Long Island, is committed to go to UND, would be a steal if available after the first round. A big kid at 6’2″, and 195lbs, would give us plenty of depth at the center position, skilled with decent hands, not a bad skater, it’s a crap shoot but it could work!!!!!!!!

  • Best of luck, Pat, that’s awesome. Just landed in Van – this draft is pretty solid, will bring good futures to the NHL, and next year’s looks good, too. Man, idk for #20…hmmm, there are some sleepers out there – I like the German kid Moritz Seider’s game, among 3 or 4 others for #20, but you never know with Gorton. PS. word around here is some picks have moved already on paper…

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