HALIFAX — Scrutinizing 40 of the top NHL draft prospects all at once is like an exercise in avoiding confirmation bias.
The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Games, make no mistake, is one-stop shopping made easy for scouts from the 30 NHL teams and the league's Central Scouting Service. As Chris Edwards, the senior North American scout for the latter, notes, it could take three weeks to get a proper viewing of every player representing the Western Hockey League teams who is part of Wednesday's game in Halifax (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, Sportsnet, BTN livechat). But what comes out of the annual showcase should be used very judiciously, rather than to cement a scout's opinion of a player.
"It's a tool that you use along the way — I don't think you're every going to make up your mind off this game, one way or the other," Edwards says. "If a guy comes in here and plays well, you're going take that a little more than if a guy comes in here and doesn't play well. There's all the old arguments — differentRead More »from CHL Top Prospects Game an important tool for scouts, when put in its proper place