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, including obtaining NCAA scholarships. Wayne Simmonds was one of those players.
Mark coached for 19 years with the bulk of his 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 hockey since 2003.
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 to teams via private contacts and to the general public through our web portal. We offer a wide range of membership plans and draft publications. NHL & Junior teams take advantage of our insights, analysis and evaluation.
We help media cover various hockey drafts. Major media networks use our player evaluations as a component to their coverage. We help them provide useful draft related information to their audience. Our evaluations help grow consumer engagement and fans’ collective intelligence on the game.
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
We scout many facets of the game including: Skating and mobility, Hockey Sense, Puck 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 from teams in the NHL and junior leagues. Our organization is experienced in talent evaluation and has earned the respect of hockey decision makers. It’s quite simple, we have assisted teams with the process of evaluating players for their rosters. We help teams get 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 the way NHL teams scout
Some independents ‘scout’ by proxy or are ‘couch scouts’ or ‘basement scouts’. They 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. That is not how we operate. HockeyProspect.com scouts attend hundreds of games in person each and every season. That is how we built credibility and why we are the service that NHL and Junior teams use. We don’t pretend to be at games, we are at games. We don’t pretend to know NHL and Junior staffers, we know NHL and Junior staffers.
We spend the necessary funds needed to travel to see the prospects. Whether it be travelling in Canada, USA or in Europe to view international events, seeing prospects play in person is an integral component of our evaluations. This enables us to provide our clients with the highest level of both thorough and independent scouting analysis.
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 are a Team
Just like an NHL teams scouting staff, HockeyProspect.com is not a one-man show. We have several scouts 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’.