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04-30-2012, 11:44 AM
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Learning about Prospects Scene

Hello everyone.

How would someone living in the US get involved in learning about young hockey prospects. I am assuming a lot of you guys watch the CHL and are able to learn that way, but it seems like you guys know who is going to the CHL before they are even drafted.

How can I get involved and start learning and following young talent, both in NA and Europe? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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04-30-2012, 12:27 PM
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1. Scan this area of the boards several times per week, reading threads on anyone and everyone.

2. Do what you can to watch young players both live (not sure where you live exactly) as well as online streams of things like CHL games, Under 18's and the Ivan Hlinka tournament.

3. Get on Twitter and start following people who follow prospects and junior hockey (there's a thread about who to follow floating around here somewhere).

4. Read articles and other websites about the draft and prospects in general.

There are lots more ways too. It's great to be interested, but in order to learn, it's like anything else. You have to read and study this kind of thing.

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Nothing beats seeing the guys live

If you live close to a CHL team, USHL team, Big name NCAA school id try to go and watch some games. Try to vary is you live close to a couple, see more than one game. 1 game is often not enough to get a read on a young prospect.

Keep up to date with international tournaments (U17, U18, Ivan Hlinka, World Juniors)

Welcome aboard the prospect train!!!

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Thanks for the info guys.

I live in NYC and am not sure if there is a way to see CHL games on tv here. If anyone knows of a way please let me know.

Im not sure if there are any USHL or NCAA teams in the NYC area either. If anyone has info please let me know as well.

I guess for now I can try the twitter route and see where it takes me.

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If you live near NYC, you can watch the EJHL, the AHL, the ECHL, and the NCAA. There is just a ton of prospect hockey to watch every day of the week during the season. There are also some prospect tournaments within driving distance.

In addition to all the advice above, I would check out the NHL's Central Scouting's players to watch and try to go to games of those players. Some are high school games, and you may find yourself sitting next to a scout and striking up a conversation.

Also, I would check out the ISS website and read up on what scouts look for in young players. It's an excellent guide as to how scouts judge whether or not a player has the necessary tools to be elite.

Welcome to the world of prospects. Enjoy!

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If you live near NYC, you can watch the EJHL, the AHL, the ECHL, and the NCAA. There is just a ton of prospect hockey to watch every day of the week during the season. There are also some prospect tournaments within driving distance.
Thanks for all the info Leslie.

Sorry if this sounds a bit dumb, but how can I watch those games? Is there a special sports package I can get? I have Verizon Fios but haven't seen anything listed.

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Oak, nothing substitutes for seeing players live. You can just walk into most of the lower level junior games. Others vary in price.

The problem with watching hockey on TV or by streaming is that basically the camera follows the puck--you can't watch any particular player for a whole shift. It is very hard to judge a player watching him in this way.

That said, you can get a package to watch all the different leagues, including the CHL online. You can subscribe for the season or for individual games. Go to the websites for the leagues and look around. You will see the links for streaming games.

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Leslie, maybe next season instead of taking my son to overpriced Rangers games, I can try to do a weekly hockey night with him to a game in one of the leagues you mentioned. I was actually planning on taking him to a few Brooklyn Aviators games but I heard some rumors that the team is folding.

I will look up which teams play close to me and try to figure something out. Thanks again.

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Looks like CT Whale, NJ Hitmen, and Trenton Titans games are all easily accessible amongst the leagues you mentioned.

I'll definitely look into going to a few of each teams games next season.

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Leslie, maybe next season instead of taking my son to overpriced Rangers games, I can try to do a weekly hockey night with him to a game in one of the leagues you mentioned. I was actually planning on taking him to a few Brooklyn Aviators games but I heard some rumors that the team is folding.

I will look up which teams play close to me and try to figure something out. Thanks again.
The league the Aviators play in is nothing special...Its basically mens league...Your best bet to see some college hockey/pro prospects is in in the EJHL which has a team Brewster, NY, New Jersey and a new team in Connecticut. MSG has a college game usually the Friday after Thanksgiving, but since its at MSG I am sure the prices arent cheap.

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Im sure your TV service provider would be able to add the OHL Action Pack. I would look into it.

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Im sure your TV service provider would be able to add the OHL Action Pack. I would look into it.
I dont believe any tv provider in the USA offers the OHL action pack

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Looks like CT Whale, NJ Hitmen, and Trenton Titans games are all easily accessible amongst the leagues you mentioned.

I'll definitely look into going to a few of each teams games next season.
If the AHL is in the equation, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers should be close as well, no?

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If the AHL is in the equation, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers should be close as well, no?
Even better than CT Whale, I didn't realize they play in Hartford. Bridgeport is much closer. Thank you.

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Who are some guys to follow on twitter?

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Some decent info in this thread:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...hlight=twitter

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Thanks.. I looked for that thread before I ask couldnt find it tho

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The EJHL has a team located in Long Beach, NY called The New York Apple Core.

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