Anyone know what these D1 scouts are looking for in a Forward? Do they look at stats and just look for the Top Point getters? I know they all say that skating is most important, then IQ and Compete but it seems the guys who put the puck in the net are the ones who get the love. I know every team needs penalty killers but those guys are a dime a dozen.
What does it take to get the eye of a D1 Coach!
Hockey IQ is and will always be #1. The reason most of those kids produce points is hockey IQ. Especially as they get older and the game gets tighter.
Go watch D-1 and then D-3 and there is something you immediately notice that is different; size.
D-3 is packed full of sub-six foot defensemen who can skate and a few over six foot D men who can't skate at a D-1 level. Pretty similar with the forwards.
They want athletic, coachable kids who can skate.
Oh, you're talking forwards. Got it.
The one given is skating (not hockey IQ). IQ can be off the charts but if your kid can't skate well enough to be out there no one will take him. They then project their roster and what gaps need to be filled. They do recruit for roles after they take the best available. It all really depends on what your kid does well and what team has that need. If your kids a great all around player he will be recruited by everyone. After that it narrows. If your kid is pretty good at everything but great at nothing, he might not find a home. Your kid at 5'10" might be a better all around player than the 6'4" kid but if a team needs a big body to just camp in front of the net on the PP, then that's who they will take. And that's assuming the big kid has a good enough skill set to warrant being out there. Teams can roster 28-29 kids so many are simply projections or role players. Buddy of mine kid is playing D1. Decent skater, tough but hands of stone. He pretty much plays PK but he plays.
skating, IQ, size....in that order.
League playing, skating, points, grit, character, IQ, Size. Look at BC- 8 Sub 6' players, others are similar.
They all just call me I have all the answers!!!!
My kid made it to the USHL and the coach called me directly telling me he had a spot. His exact words were "It's rare when we can find a kid who can skate like he does at his size (6'3")" D-man, coachable, good defender sense, shutdown type 'defensive defensemen,' OK hands, PK player not a PP player, good grades but a +plus skater.
For him it was skating & size
A good write up in NZ is crucial. pretty much guarantees a spot
Teach your kid how to fight. I'm telling you, it goes a long way, college coaches love it. There is a skill to it, timing in the game, etc..Coaches don't forget it.
New age mix of soviet style players like Kovalev, Makarov, Bure, Fedorov, Datsyuk mixed with North American players like LaFontaine, Kane, 99, Lemieux, Orr, Sid...
Don’t kid yourself, everyone knows it is the interview, D1 scouts definitely want to know how many goals your bender scored as a mite, did he play E9 or EHF, was he elite or tier 1, did he wear his full team warm up suit everyday to school, was his daddy the coach, and the one question that will definitely seal the D1 deal is if his mom was a star on the top 10 dboard gossip fodder
Has your kid ever been approached by Central Scouting? And what's the first thing they do? They go to the locker room, ask the kid to step outside and tell them to come out with bare feet...they measure the kid right there in his bare feet.
And size doesn't matter?
Little Irish Dads, don't kid yourself.
I've seen them rush down to measure a 6'6" 'stiff' who really couldn't play and yet he ended-up on their list. . . after a sandwich and a beer in D-1 he ended up in D-III
Skating and Compete- those are the standards, the rest are nice but skating and compete top the list.