Scouts outnumbered fans at many of the U18 World Championship games. All 30 NHL teams were there, along with many of the CHL teams, who have an import draft coming up in a couple months. I saw the Rimouski Oceanic and Portland Winterhawks for example.
Here's some photos of scouts in their natural habitat. If anyone knows what teams they are from, let me know.
There's a lot of looking for not much writing down.
Bob Owen of the Thrashers turns back to talk to guys from another team behind him. Norman Poisson, who scouts the Q for Atlanta, is next to him.
A familiar sight: scouts huddle up between periods. One team had a pizza delivered between periods. That's smart use of the cell phone.
Some smiles on faces, a rare sight. Scouts are a dour bunch. The lifestyle is not at all appealing either. Constant travel, cold arenas. I like seeing some of the top guys, but one or two trips a year is plenty for me.
Most of them stuck around to watch the USHL playoff game between the Fargo Force and Omaha Lancers. I'm sure all of the players were aware that they were being heavily scouted.
This group was so interested in a Russian that they attended a Team Russia practice, as did another NHL team.