3 ways to MAKE Hockey Scouts Notice You (THAT WORK!)

It’s coach Zac, head coach here at 247
Hockey and in this video we’re going to talk about the top three ways that you
can get noticed and get the attention of hockey scouts. One: You have to be at the
top level for your age group. You can’t be at the second level down or the third
level down and expect to be noticed by scouts,okay. You need to be on one of the
top teams that’s at the highest level and if you’re not at that yet that’s all
you need to focus on is getting good enough to be at one of the top levels
and at the top level for your age group because scouts aren’t going to watch
those lower levels. Now, in addition to that when you get to that top team you have
to be one of the top players, alright. Not just a top player but one of the top
players. Be that best defenseman, be that best forward, and that’s going to give
you the opportunity to be seen. Now, you might be on a team where you’ve got
three or four players that are already highly recruited, okay, that are getting
the ton of attention so I’m just saying you’ve got to be one of those top
players. Period. You need to be one of the best players on the ice every single
night at that top level otherwise don’t worry about getting noticed. I see these
players that are on the third line or the second line and they’re wondering
how they didn’t get noticed by scouts. Get better, get on the first line, get on the
best team, and dominate every time you get on the ice. Take control of games.
That’s how the scouts are going to notice you and until you’re at that
point that all you should be working on is improving your game is building the
skills that scouts are going to notice. There’s a quote: Be so good that they
can’t ignore you. That is the truth. The number one thing that you can do is get
your game so good that you demand attention. If the other team knows about
you, and if the other coaches know about you because you’re so good that they have
to pay attention to you then you better believe scouts are going to notice you.
Step 2 So now let’s say you’ve accomplished
step 1. You’ve become one of the best players on one of the best teams. Why do
a lot of best players on best teams still not make it? They may have really
good skills, they may be one of the leading scorers but still they’re
getting passed by. So this is where we’re going to focus on,
because this is where I think a lot of players make mistakes. You’ve got to work
to be one of the best players on one of the best teams, but at that point that’s
still not enough. Now we got to focus on the details because scouts are watching
all the best players on all the best teams so they’re comparing you to all
these other top level players that they’ve seen so unless you understand
the details of the game and how to get noticed and how to do things that
they’re looking for then you’re going to get passed by. They’re going to be like:
yeah, yeah, he’s good. He’s one of the best players on his team or her team, but I’m
comparing all these other top players and out of all these hundreds of
top players that I’m looking at I only want two or three. So then how do you get
the attention of the scouts? And the key is a couple of things. One is your habits
on the ice, okay. Competing extremely hard, playing away from the puck, making good
decisions with the puck, not turning the puck over constantly, knowing when
to have patience and when to make a smart simple play. So they’re looking at
your habits with and without the puck. What do you do without the puck? Are you
making smart decisions? What do you do with the puck? Are you able to make plays
and know when to take a chance and know when not to take a chance? So they’re looking
at your hockey habits, your positioning your smarts, the way that you play away
from the puck, how hard you compete every single shift. Those are the things you’re
looking at, and don’t think you can just turn it on when a scout’s in the building.
You have to act like that every single game. You can’t just do it when you’re
at a tournament that scouts are watching. You have to practice like
that, you have to play like that every single game because that’s how you’re
going to actually make it a habit. 3: Make sure you do what you do better than
anyone else, okay. So whatever your main strength is, if your main strength is
goal scoring, if your main strength is play making, if your main strength is
being a puck moving defenseman, make sure you do that one thing better than
anybody else, alright. So you got to highlight that one thing. Don’t act like
you’re going to be a goal scoring go go get a goal, you know, one goal every
couple games. You better get two, three goals a game if that’s your thing. Don’t
act like a play maker if you’re not going to be out there making
play. So not only do you have to be well-rounded and you have to do
everything well, you’ve got to stand out for that number one thing that you do
better than anybody else. So you still got to block shots, you still got to take
the body, you still got to make smart decisions with the puck, and then
whatever it is that’s your main strength as a hockey player, the role that you’re
going to have.These teams are looking to fill roles. They need goal scorers, alright. They need power play specialists, they need penalty killers, they need two-way players, okay. They need physical big, physical strong defensemen that are
smart with the puck and can get shots on net. They need puck moving defenseman that
can follow up the rush and join the offensive play. So whatever your role is
you better do that better than anybody and you have to be noticed for that one thing
because then in the scouts’ mind they’re looking to fill those roles and they’re
going to see you as somebody. So if you’re just good at everything and you’re
average at everything that’s not enough. You need to be great at everything and
then you need to be unbelievable at one thing. Go to 247hockey.com/scout,
okay. 247hockey.com/scout and I’ll
give you a download in the video that’s going to talk about even more tips, more
tactics, a checklist that you need that scouts are going to be looking for. We only
covered three here we’re just scratching the surface but there’s even more. So
there’ll be a link in the description, there’ll be a link in the top comment.
247hockey.com/scout That’s my scouting cheat sheet that’s going
to help you understand what scouts look for and what it’s going to take to get
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30 thoughts on “3 ways to MAKE Hockey Scouts Notice You (THAT WORK!)

  1. The thing is I can't make midget AAA cuz I didn't get the invite for the camp. Right now I'm midget 2nd year and in 2018-2019 I'm gonna be midget 3rd year and they don't take 3rd years. So what I'm gonna do is make Midget AA as a 2nd year this year and for my 3rd year I'm gonna go find a team to tryout for like a junior a team preferably in the USHL. Do u think this is a good idea?

  2. Not really agree with the first one, because every year there is 10-15 players from Jr.A (BCHL,AJHL,SJHL,MJHL,CCHL) in canada who are drafted in the NHL and there is also some USHS players who are drafted and there is better level in the US (USHL,USDP) and it is the same for major junior, for example in the QMJHL draft 34% Of the players drafted were not playing in Midget AAA

  3. right now im not on a team but i practice consistently everyday, in my 12 grade year im gonna go to a prep school in boston, is this a good idea?

  4. I think another good point would be keeping your cool. I know for a fact scouts watch for players who lose it under pressure and that lowers players values if they can't stay cool, calm and collected. If you're constantly taking bad penalties and taking things to far, you're gonna be noticed, just for the complete wrong things

  5. I don't agree with the best team part….. you don't have to be on a best team if you still play AAA

  6. Right now I'm playing AAA American and one of the best players if not the best, if I would play AAA national I would be average and get a cut in playing time. Do you think it's worth it or do you think I should keep developing, I've gone from A to AA to AAA American so I think I would benefit more from playing what I am right now, what do you think?

  7. I am currently playing AA right now and I am 16 years old my parents do not have the money to have me play AAA is there anything I can do to get noticed?

  8. Thoughts on playing in non-traditional markets and trying to get scouted? My son has been playing AAA a while (will be U15 Midget this coming season), but we are not in a market where we attract lots of players for tryouts. We will play a lot up north this year, so we can play the better AAA teams, but would assume it still tough to get scouted since we are not continually playing the top AAA teams all the time and in the so called "hot bed" of hockey states. Makes it tougher to get noticed. Guess they boys will just have to bust it and try to shine each and every tournament. Would you advocate moving or having your kid billeted if they can make the top teams elsewhere? If so what age? If now, I need to start working things out for the following season! Thanks and awesome topic!!!!

  9. For the place I play for it is all politics. I got cut from the aa and a team I knew I wasn't a aa player but I should've made the a team the coach even said to my assistant coach that I have improved a lot and I was about to make it except the coach wanted all of the people he had last year which is basically all first years and he wanted all of his daughters friend on that team. But the team I'm on now is BB and I'm one if not the best player in the ice. But it would be nice to play at a higher level. I play girls hockey so it's not like I'm going anywhere in hockey. But I still work for hours everyday for the game I love

  10. Hey Coach, I play at the second highest because the highest team in my area has 1 win, 30 loss and 1 tie in 32 games, doesn't that mean I'm in good condition for the scouts?

  11. i was 2nd year of peewee made the last cut, unfortunatley got cut from the aaa team but now that i think about it that was the best moment of my hockey career you must be thinking wtf are you talking about.so that year i practiced everyday off ice my hands got so much better i did conditioning ran every week i became i sniper then all my friends that made the aaa team started to notice how good i got and then now its summer and i became the best out of all my friends because i wanted it way more then them they had no goals because they thought they made aaa so they were good enough . That just shows hard work beats talent now im going into the bantam aaa minor tryouts this fall.

  12. Im reading all these comments and im smiling in USA/Canada you can make a better team a better league…. I live in Denmark and there is one league for every second age group so there is no such thing called making a AAA team i really wish there were but now i just focus on being the best player in the U-15 league (bantam) and to get as many games in U-17(midget) im 14 years old

  13. 1st tip just isn’t true. There’s plenty of tier 3 junior players from the USPHL getting division 1 NCAA scholarships. That’s TWO levels down from the highest level of the juniors age group

  14. Hello, I recently just played second year midget, and next year I do not know what to do. I would be able to play junior next year as a 17 year old. Should I play another year of midget and develop more or go to junior and not play much? What would’ve you done? Thanks

  15. These are some really great tips on how to get scouted for hockey; well done. There are other aspects to this 'total package' that shouldn't be ignored. The off-ice component is just as (if not more) important than the technical game play. It is not always the top players that get scouted; many are overlooked due to poor exposure.

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