Before people tell me that there have been hundreds of threads on this already, please read my post first, because my issue is different. I wasn't sure where to put this thread, so if it belongs somewhere else, a mod can maybe just move it to the right location for me. First off, this is not the regular "how do I become an NHL scout?" thread, that's not my aspiration at all. I am a huge hockey fan that spends more time on HFBoards than an individual should, watches equally much hockey, and loves writing. Why that is important, will become clear in the following. My interest in scouting (that has been there for a long time) has gotten an enormous boost lately; I don't know why, it just has. For that reason, I would really love to get into scouting (ha-ha, many people do, it's not that easy). However, as opposed to many others with the same aspiration, I am not looking to become an NHL scout as a career. I would just love to start scouting for myself, maybe write a blog, or simply post about it here on HFBoards as a start. I am also looking to go to university to study journalism, and maybe eventually become a sports writer kind of as a hobby, if everything worked out. The thing is: I don't know much about scouting. I watch hockey a lot, try to look out for a players attributes, but simply don't know what I am actually supposed to look out for. I also play hockey myself (not for long and nowhere near junior level but still hockey), so I do kind of know what it takes. I watch players in particular if I have interest in them, and can write a scouting report on them, or rate them in different categories. But am I doing it right? I don't know. Please spare me with "if you don't see it, it's the wrong job for you" comments, since I just want to do it casually and for the fun of it. Besides that, I'd like to know what ways there are to scout players (pen+notepad, apps, etc.), and how to structure what you see as a scout. I have tried to read about it. However, most articles or documentaries about scouting say "it's not as great as one thinks", "it's more travelling than anything else", "it's hard to get to the NHL", all things like that. I know those things, but that's not really the information I am looking for. I would greatly appreciate, if someone could answer some of these questions for me, and maybe tell me more that is important to know: - What exactly do I need to look for in a player? - How many players do you watch in one game? Just the one/two/three you have on your list, and really no one else? Or do you still keep your eyes open for a player that has been flying under the radar? - What is the best way to start scouting (I don't really want to buy/subscribe to an app for hundreds or thousands of dollars)? - How much scouting can be done on TV or rather how exact can scouting be that way? I live in Germany again so I would want to start "scouting" players here in my hometown in our team and the opponents, just to get into scouting and find out "how to do it". However, I would also try to do some WHL scouting from here in Germany. Thanks a lot for your help!!