If NHL dynasties are built from the ground up and within, scouts may be the most underrated pieces of the process. Sure, they get their hat-tips at the draft, and some get to share the stage with the recognizable faces of the franchise, but for the most part they go about their work watching 200 games a year and writing countless player reports without fanfare.
As prospect followers, we’re big fans of these unrecognizable faces.
Brad Whelen, an amateur scout for the Lightning in western Canada, was featured on The Pipeline Show this week, giving us a chance to at least put a voice with a name.
Run by Dean Millard and Guy Flaming and based in Edmonton, Alberta, The Pipeline Show is in its ninth year covering hockey prospects at all levels.
A former head scout with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, Whelen is one of four amateur scouts with the Lightning and covers the Western Hockey League, as well as the four Junior A leagues in western Canada (BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL), and some Canadian university hockey.