What do the top evaluators at NHL Central Scouting look for in players eligible for the upcoming NHL draft?
With the release of Central Scouting's November Players to Watch list Thursday, NHL.com figured now was as good a time as any to learn what goes into a scout rating a skater or goalie a "can't-miss" performer. It's a process Central Scouting has taken great pride in as the premier scouting service for NHL teams since the 1975-76 season.
The first area scrutinized is a player's ability to skate and do it well in all situations.
"If he can't skate, he can't play," Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen told NHL.com.