TORONTO -- Les Jackson, director of scouting and player development for the Dallas Stars, has been doing his job for a long time, and is one of the more respected talent evaluators.
What he's learned over the years has shaped his approach to the Scouting Combine, which is different than many others.
Jackson said in the grand scheme of what he does, he doesn't gain a lot from the Combine, either in the interviews or the fitness testing.
"We take the season to evaluate the players and watch them," he told NHL.com. "Individual scouts in the areas meet with the players, find out about their backgrounds. We don't even really interview players at the Combine itself."
Jackson said he believes the interview set-up at the Combine doesn't do justice to the player are the teams.