About

Smaht Scouting is a Boston, Massachusetts based ice hockey scouting consultancy firm. We provide several detailed NHL Draft prospect reports for public consumption. In addition, we provide junior, minor, and professional teams with scouting consultancy. Once a team identifies a prospect, Smaht Scouting creates a thorough scouting report for the team.


Management Team

Josh Tessler, Founder & Director of Scouting

In April of 2020, Josh Tessler founded Smaht Scouting. Tessler is dedicated to providing reports on NHL Draft prospects and reports on prospects for teams across the globe.

Prior to Smaht Scouting, Tessler scouted for Dobber Prospects and Future Considerations Hockey. In addition, he ran his own blog site, Puck77 and wrote for a few different hockey blogs including Editor In Leaf, Bruins Diehards, WingsNation and JetsNation.

Tessler graduated from Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also obtained a Business Analytics certificate from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in February of 2020. Currently, he is working towards earning his MBA at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).

If you would like to follow Josh Tessler on Twitter, his handle is @JoshTessler_.


Alexander Appleyard, Amateur Scout

Alexander Appleyard is a British sports journalist who for the last two years has split his time between Scandinavia and England.

He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for The Athletic for the past three years, specializing in prospect coverage. Before that he wrote for Sons of Penn and Along the Board/Pucks and Recreation, where he provided analytically driven content alongside prospect reporting.

His passion for scouting centers around European prospects, with an onus on Sweden. Outside of hockey journalism he works in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector.

If you would like to follow Alexander Appleyard on Twitter, his handle is @avappleyard.


Bailey Johnson, Amateur Scout

Bailey is a hockey writer from Atlanta, Georgia.

Though she doesn’t know how to skate, she fell in love with the game while attending the University of Michigan, which she graduated from in 2020. At Michigan, she was a hockey beat writer for the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, for two seasons. After graduation, she launched Fresh Ice, a college hockey newsletter, that focuses on film breakdowns and data-driven analysis.

Outside of the hockey landscape, Bailey works in sports journalism and can frequently be found looking for dogs to adopt.

If you would like to follow Bailey Johnson on Twitter, her handle is @BaileyAJohnson_.


Sebastian Jackson, Amateur Scout

Sebastian Jackson is a hockey writer who currently resides in Owen Sound, Ontario

In season’s prior, Sebastian has covered the Ontario Hockey League notably the Owen Sound Attack, Kitchener Rangers and the Mississauga Steelheads as well as the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League where he provided game reports, trade articles and much more content. 

Other off-ice work that he has been involved in, Sebastian was the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of a Provincial Junior Hockey League team in Ontario and a regional scout for many others. 

Currently residing in Owen Sound, Ontario, Sebastian is a proud husband to Felicia and father to little 2-year-old Sophia. When not at the rink, Sebastian is a cook by day and studying to be a real estate agent by night. 

Sebastian is going to provide the Smaht Scouting world with scouting reports from the Ontario Hockey League and other various junior hockey leagues in Ontario. 

If you would like to follow Sebastian Jackson on Twitter, his handle is @SebJackson90.


Steven Ellis, Amateur Scout

Steven Ellis is a Canadian sports journalist from outside of Toronto. He previously worked with the Oakville Blades and North York Rangers Jr. A teams where he began a passion for junior hockey. Recently, Steven served as the Digital Content Producer for The Hockey News and he has hosted television shows on LeafsTV, RogersTV and TVCogeco in the Greater Toronto Area.

If you would like to follow Steven Ellis on Twitter, his handle is @StevenEllisNHL.


Sam McGilligan, Amateur Scout

Sam McGilligan is an amateur scout/hockey writer who was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Sam graduated from Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ontario) in 2019 with a College Diploma as Quality Engineering Technician/Non-Destructive Technician with a background in Computer Science.

He is an amateur journalist with a thorough passion for the game of hockey and is always looking to learn something new from every game he watches.

Sam will deliver scouting reports covering the Western Hockey League, the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the British Columbia Hockey League for Smaht Scouting. If you would like to follow Sam McGilligan on Twitter, his handle is @sam_mcgilligan.


Paul Zuk, Amateur Scout

Paul Zuk is a hockey blogger/amateur scout who currently resides in Caledonia, Ontario.

He has focused primarily on crafting articles, prospect updates, and interviews based around the Buffalo Sabres, and currently writes for the Sabres based blog “The Charging Buffalo”. 

New to the world of amateur scouting, Paul will be keeping an eye on up and coming prospects in the Southern Region of the OHL, the USHL, and the United States National Team Development Program. 

Outside of the hockey landscape, Paul works within the music industry, and is an avid golfer.

If you want to follow Paul Zuk on Twitter, his handle is @paulzuk_81.

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