I think playing in the big show would be the best job ever, but since that isn;t happening I'd agree with you. Being paid to watch hockey is brilliant. Something I will heavily persue in the future, no doubt in my mind. Everyone, meet the next Ken Holland. Give me 12 years.
A lot of people most likely. While getting paid to watch and analyze hockey is my dream job there are aspects of scouting that many people would find difficult.
You're always on the road, very little time with your family. Also, some scouts get burnt out on trying to find holes in players' games. It becomes a pessimistic way to look at a sport they love for many of those guys.
Also, unless you're at the higher levels the pay is rarely enough to be a full time job.
I know a handful of regional guys that either do it for free or get paid if one of their players is drafted/signed, plus expenses. Obviously, the bigger full-time guys make money to live on, but those usually are jobs you walk directly into.
It's not really the profession to get rich off of and guys like Anderson (and I would assume Conte in New Jersey as well) are exceptions not rules, making money because they are that good.
Going by Gare Joyce's book, a lot of scouts operate on one-year contracts and every year are judged based on the work they do.
There is a lot of terrible hockey players out there. Scouts have to watch many guys just so they can scratch them off their list. Imagine traveling all day and sleeping in a bad hotel just so you can determine that a guy has no future in the NHL. It can be a rough life after a few years.
Originally Posted by hdw
Andersson has worked for the wings since -89 and is director of european scouting with an almost flawless track record (and his name on 4 cups).
Andersson has a strong track record, but hardly "flawless", if he knew how great Datsyuk and Zetterberg would become the Wings would not have risked waiting until the late rounds to take them, they would have been much higher on the Detroit list--something people always seem to forget.