Greg Rajanen feels one key to unearthing a future blue-chip hockey prospect is pinpointing at least one quality that could be carried over into the NHL.
It's a philosophy the 59-year-old believes has suited him well in his inaugural season at NHL Central Scouting. Rajanen, who is responsible for the Minnesota and midwestern United States regions, including the United States Hockey League and NCAA, joined Central Scouting on Sept. 1, 2012.
"This was an opportunity for me to go full-time in an area that I have a deep passion for in scouting," Rajanen told NHL.com. "I was told on Day One that I needed to hit the ground running, but I think it's been more like a sprint."