Who are we?
Since 2004, HockeyProspect.com has provided visitors to our website with a vast amount of information on NHL, OHL and QMJHL draft prospects.
Mark Edwards founded HockeyProspect.com while coaching Wayne Simmonds in 2004. The initial goal of the website was to showcase players (some who might’ve been under the radar) and perhaps give them a second chance to reach their goals to play at higher levels. Wayne was one of those players.
Mark coached for 19 years with the bulk of that coaching at the Midget AAA and Junior ‘A’ levels. He has coached players currently playing in the NHL and others on their way up the development ladder. Mark has also been scouting since 2003.
All combined, our senior staff has over 50 years combined scouting and coaching experience. All of our scouts are chosen based on their hockey background, integrity and dedication to the sport.
What we do?
We provide scouting services via private contacts and via our web portal through a wide range of subscriber plans and publications.
Who we scout:
-We scout players currently playing in the OHL, QMJHL, WHL, USHL, NCAA, Europe and any other leagues with players eligible for the NHL draft. We also scout players eligible to play in the OHL, WHL, QMJHL and the USHL.
What we scout:
Many facets of the game including: Skating and mobility, Hockey SensePuck Skills, Play with and away from the puck, Shooting skills, Physical game, Competitiveness and Character….the list is long.
HockeyProspect.com has been scouting prospects since 2004. We have proven track record of success which has led to a high level of credibility with staff members across multiple leagues. Our organization is experienced in talent evaluation and has earned the respect of hockey decision makers. It’s quite simple, we have helped teams add players to their roster who made them better.
Objectivity and Independence
We have no hidden agendas behind our scouting reports or draft rankings. When you read one of our publications, you can be confident that it hasn’t been slanted for anyone’s benefit, nor do we speak in a covert fashion for any agents or agencies. While we have received numerous accolades from NHL, OHL and QMJHL representatives for the quality of our work over the years, we are in nobody’s pocket. We are true to our private contract clients, our subscribers and ourselves.
Scouting With Our Own Eyes
Some independents ‘scout’ by proxy or are ‘basement scouts’. They will simply grab whatever bits of information (accurate or otherwise) they may hear, mix them all together, and come up with regurgitated “expert” opinions that they can claim as their own. This is not how we operate. HockeyProspect.com scouts attend hundreds of games in person each and every season. In addition, we spend the necessary funds needed to travel to see the prospects. Whether it be travelling in Ontario, USA or in Europe to view international events, seeing prospects play in person is an integral component of our evaluations. While we do occasionally use game film to allow us extra viewings of players, we believe there is no substitution to seeing players play live as often as possible.
We budget the dollars needed to view players live across the globe. This enables us to provide our clients with the highest level of both thorough, and independent scouting analysis.
We are a Team
Just like an NHL teams scouting staff, HockeyProspect.com is not a one-man show. We have several scouts on staff who have been with us for many years. While each scout brings slightly different forms of analysis to the table, we have several methods we use to aid us in consistency as well. With years of experience working together, we are able to provide a higher quality product than would be the case otherwise.
Attention to Detail
HockeyProspect.com has a tradition of going the extra mile for the sake of accuracy. We take the time to interview players on the phone, in the rinks or when we attend the annual NHL Combine. We are also connected via a network of contacts across several leagues. Our network enables us to converse with current or previous coaches, teammates and other support staff of current and upcoming prospects. Our rankings will reflect both what we see on the ice and also incorporate information we gather about a prospects off ice ‘resume’.
Our radio commercial (July 2014)