On the road: A peek into the mind and eye of the Canadiens... Paywall. A look at Churla, the Montreal Canadiens Director of amateur scouting. So, you don't have to have played in the NHL to be an amateur scout. But to succeed, you need to do more than just report on how he played in today's game. Scouts often look at a guy perhaps as many as 12x/season to help them see past a clunker game, and focus in on what a player is capable of doing. And look at the non-offensive skills that might ensure him a spot on a NHL roster in a different role.