MARCH 24, 2011
Praise For The Art Of Scouting:
“ If you love hockey but wonder how teams are built and what goes into scouting,
then this book is a gem.”
~ Kelly Hrudey, Hockey Night in Canada Analyst
“ The work that Shane has done is based on knowledge and diligence. We have great
respect for this project asit has tremendous substance to it. An excellent source of
~ Doug Wilson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, San Jose Sharks
“ If you have ever been ata hockey game and seen the scouts in the corner and
wondered what they do, how they do it and why they do it, The Art of Scouting by
Shane Malloy will take you inside their world.”
~ Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
“ For anyone fascinated byplayer evaluation and what goes into it, this is a mustread.
Interesting perspectives and a good cast of characters. Thought-provoking and
~ Peter Loubardias, Hockey Broadcaster, Rogers Sportsnet
“ The Art of Scouting provides readers with a behind-the-scenes view of the sport’s
lifeblood…scouting and the people that do it…A great read for any hockey fan.”
~ Brad Treliving, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Phoenix Coyotes
MARCH 20, 2011
The Art of Scouting by Shane Malloy
By Joe Pelletier
Scouting has always been the back bone of every successful hockey team. In the salary cap era it is even more important than ever. Yet it remains quite secretive and almost universally under-appreciated by virtually everybody in hockey,especially the fans.
That all changes now thanks to author Shane Malloy and his book The Art of Scouting: How The Hockey Experts Really Watch TheGame and Decide Who Makes It.
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Malloy offers us a sneak peak into the world ofscouting, gathering insider information from dozens of current and former hockey scouts. We get to learn how the scouts watch the game, and more importantly, what they are looking for to determine whether they believe certain players are prospects or not.
He does by gathering quotes and opinions from some of the game's very best scouts. He focuses on 10 specific hockey traits and dedicates a full chapter to each one: Hockey sense, skating, puck skill and movement, shooting, the physical game, the defensive game, goalies, defensemen and forwards, and intangibles. He also gives us an inside look into prospect meeting and the psychology of it all.
In the opening chapters the author also provides some great reading in his look into the anything-but-glamorous life of a scout.
Malloy is a columnist and broadcaster who has been covering hockey prospects, scouting, and player development for the past decade. He is currently a co-host of Hockey Prospect Radio and Business of Hockey on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Home Ice 204). He is also a scout and consultant on the NHL video game for Electronic Arts. He has previously written for Rogers Sportsnet, TSN, Fox Sports and NHL.com, along with being a feature columnist for Goalie News, CNN/SI, The Sporting News, CHL Prospects Magazine,and several NHL team websites.
This is actually a pretty fascinating look inside one of hockey's most secretive worlds. Hardcore hockey fans will definitely want to consider purchasing Shane Malloy's The Art of Scouting: How The Hockey Experts Really Watch The Game and Decide Who Makes It.
The book, which features a foreword from Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, is published by Wiley in March 2011.