Jason Podollan sits down with Arizona Coyotes Western Scout, Kevin Pedersen.
Kevin is in responsible for the WHL, BCHL, and the AJHL.
Kevin is in the room for the conversation at draft time with the Arizona Coyotes, and presents some incredible insight on what skills they truly value when considering selecting a player.
Some of his answers may surprise you, as he provides valuable insight into the importance of character, hard work and consistency!
I hope you enjoy this episode of Up My Hockey, with Kevin Pedersen.
:37 – Kevin Pedersen Introduction
2:57 – Podcast begins
3:27 – Kevin discusses his personal career playing hockey
9:21 – Kevin discusses his first opportunity coaching
14:40 – Kevin discusses the importance of relationships in hockey and life
20:00 – Jason talks about how important it is to maintain a proper image
20:40 – Kevin talks about finding your passion
23:20 – Kevin discusses the BRICK tournament
27:15 – Kevin touches on how difficult it can be to predict future NHL players at a young age
30:18 – Kevin discusses how just because you are the best player at 10, does not mean you will be the best player at 13,14,15
31:54 – Kevin discusses Hockey B.C and his time in hockey B.C
36:30 – Kevin discusses how he knows where to look for the top prospects
37:40 – Kevin discusses the importance of consistency
39:00 – Jason touches the importance of always being prepared before stepping on the ice.
40:00 – Kevin sheds insight on how scouts value mistakes for different players
44:30 – Kevin discusses his first chance to start scouting
46:50 – Kevin shares his story about working for free, to earn his spot as a western hockey league scout
53:00 – Kevin talks about how important your character is from the perspective of a scout at any level.
54:15 – Jason mentions the importance of always having high character if you want to make the next level.
54:40 – Kevin states how scouts do call players coaches before drafting them
59:30 – Kevin quotes “how you do anything, is how you do everything”. Attention to detail in everything.
101:30 – Kevin and Jason discuss what makes a good leader.
103:00 – Jason provides insight on how to standout to become a better athlete.
108:15 – Kevin provides his insight on what the “best path” is for hockey players to take. WHL? Or College?
113:05 – The importance of opportunity and different paths players take
117:05 – The biggest mistake players make when deciding either WHL or College
120:55 – Kevin discusses what “Character” and “Mental Toughness” mean to him
123:30 – Jason discusses how you can improve your character and mental toughness
126:25 – Jason talks about his trade from Florida to Toronto and how important mental toughness was.
129:27 – Kevin talks about the benefits to speaking to a councilor or getting professional help
131:30 – Jason discusses being proactive with your character.