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Former Guelph Storm GM & Head Coach Jason Brooks Helps in Understanding the Drafting Process

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With Canadian Hockey League drafts wrapped up and the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on the horizon, The Good Point Hockey had a chance to sit down with three influential figures within the hockey community.

Former general manager and head coach of the OHL's Guelph StormJason Brooks, along with former Detroit Red Wings scout and current head scout and director of player personnel for the ECHL's Toledo WalleyeEd Burkholder, have provided their insight on how scouts, coaches and management work hand in hand to carefully select and develop their future stars. Co-host of Hockey Prospect Radio on Sirius XM Home Ice and author of The Art of ScoutingShane Malloy, also weighs in on the importance of the craft.

Brooks: "The scouting staff is huge. You have to rely on them to give you more detail on the players," explained Brooks. "They are the ones watching the games in the small arenas, grinding it out and becoming experts on the players.
"If you're a coach or GM, you might only get to see that player a few times so it's usually not enough to form a decision on a pick."

Burkholder: "There's a lot to look at, but personality is a huge category," said Burkholder. "When I send in a report on a player, one of the first things any coach or general manager I've worked with asks me, 'What's he like as a kid? Is he a good guy and what does his coach say about him?'"

Malloy: "I honestly think that scouting is the most difficult profession in hockey and that the people that scout are the life blood of the NHL," Malloy said. "The game is only as good as they are."

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