Questions and Conversations with Professional Scouts and Executives - Northville, MI
I've been fortunate enough to have one-on-one conversations with professional scouts and pro team executives regarding draft eligible prospects that have trained with me during the off-seasons.
During these conversations, not once did these individuals ask about their on-ice skills, how many points they had...
Instead, they asked things like:
- How does the athlete interact with his peers in the weight room?
- Do they encourage or push others in the weight room?
- How do they respond to criticism?
- How do they respond to coaching or authoritative figures?
- Do they show up on time or are they late?
- What is their effort like during training? Is it consistent?
- How well does they move?
- What are some weaknesses or areas that need to improve or work on?
- Are there any mobility restrictions?
- What is their character like?
- Do they compete or go through the motions with the group?
- How would you rate their commitment level?
- Do you notice any imbalances with the athlete?
- What is their nutrition like?
- What kind of drinks or snacks does the athlete bring with them to the gym?
- Does the athlete take short cuts during the warm up or conditioning?
- What is their relationship with family? How do they interact with their parents in public?
- Are they respectful to their peers and coaches?
- Do they take care of themselves in and out of the gym?
- How do you think this athlete could improve?
These are just a few of the common questions I’ve been asked, so it’s a lot more than just production and skills.
Teams and coaches want to know the person and character of the athlete and whether or not the athlete will be a good fit to their organization.
- Put in the work
- Be respectful
- Be consistent
- Take care of the little things
- Improve on your weaknesses