NAHL Showcase is valuable ground for NCAA scouts

The Rink Live's Kirsten Krull talks with Lindenwood assistant coach Jason Power about scouting at the NAHL Showcase and how big of an event this is for players to get exposure.

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The Minot Minotauros coming together to celebrate in-game at the 2022 NAHL Showcase
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BLAINE, Minn. — If there is someone who knows what all goes into the NAHL Showcase, it's Lindenwood assistant coach Jason Power. Power was an assistant coach in the NAHL for the Springfield Jr. Blues from 2010-12, so he has not only seen the Showcase from the coaching perspective but now from the scouting perspective as well.

"From a college perspective a lot of it is about birth year," said Power. "For us we have a different mindset in some ways. We want kids who have a lot of battle and compete."

With all 29 NAHL teams altogether under one roof, there is no shortage of talent for the scouts to observe. The large player pool and the four day game format is enough to give scouts and hockey fans what they came to Blaine for.

"I've said for over a decade now it's the greatest show on ice," said Power. "You've got eight rinks here, two more down the street, it's one major event. The networking among coaches is incredible, and for the players I don't think there's a better example of showcases than what they have."

Related Topics: NAHL
Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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