WINNIPEG - With the NHL Draft just under a month away, the Winnipeg Jets held their latest round of pre-draft meetings in Manitoba. JetsTV sat down with four of the team's amateur scouts, Evgeny Bogdanovich, Max Giese, Scott Scoville, and Brian Renfrew to get their thoughts on scouting, how they got into the profession, and much more.
The full conversations will be available during draft week on Ground Control: The Official Podcast of the Winnipeg Jets, but here is a taste of what fans can expect on those episodes, beginning on June 17, 2019.
"I was a San Jose Sharks fan and they were supposed to have a good year in 2002-03 and it didn't go their way. They ended up trading veterans for draft picks and stuff and that's when I began starting to look at that crop of (draft eligible) players. It just became an instant passion from there.
I just started volunteering - putting my stuff out on message boards actually. Then it kind of snowballed into internships with online stuff, all my expenses came out of my pocket. I spent my weekends going here and there going to see college games, USHL games. My first paid job was in the North American Hockey League, which was Tier 2, and it paid 3,000 dollars a year and I was pumped. Expenses were finally paid."
"I started part-time back in 2000 with the Swift Current Broncos while I was working for an oil company in Calgary. I grew up playing hockey, and junior hockey, and found out I wasn't going to make big money playing hockey.
I started working a real full-time job and was coaching - that turned out to be a big commitment. I got to know some Western Hockey League scouts and one thing led to another and I decided I'd do that… the Everett Silvertips came calling and they were looking for a full-time guy to run their scouting department and be Director of Player Personnel there."
"I was a college coach for 13 years in the NCAA (Northern Michigan, Michigan State and University of Nebraska at Omaha). When you are a college coach you wear lots of hats. It's kind of transpired similar to (scouting), but maybe not the recruiting component. As far as the evaluation side - it's similar. At least on the college side you are building a roster, where here (with the Jets) you are part of that process. It's grown into understanding how the (draft) list works."