Today’s BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele welcoming in Will Scouch to talk about how he scouts from the couch and all of the work he does in evaluating the NHL Draft.

Check out Will’s work here and be sure to follow him on Twitter @Scouching.


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.


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    Scouch’s sheet is really interesting to look at various sorts. Turcotte has by far the highest even strength points and primary points per 60. Thanks for introducing us to Scouch’s work, AJ.

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    Interesting viewpoint.
    I appreciate learning different perspectives like this. Thanks AJ

    Keep being innovative. BSN can only grow when it experiments with new ideas as the only way to grow is to get out of our comfort zone.

    I wish analytics could tell me the spread from the eye test to analytics. Are we 65% incorrect, or 10%? Are coaches better? Is there a way to have a testing tool for coaches for this. Players.

    How teams use analytics. Do they tell player A to have a goal of being 5% better on CF for or? Are older players tuned out.

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