"I think it's been healthy for our group to go through this. Dan comes in and has that whole perspective of telling us what he got out of what we delivered in previous years. He's coming in and seeing what we have to go through to deliver that, so it gives us sort of a fresh look." -- David Gregory
Perhaps Luke McGoey, Central Scouting's coordinator, said it best when he admitted, "We're being sequestered for the week."
While the scouts certainly were limited in their access to the outside world, instead spending nine-hour work days in a hotel conference room to complete their annual list of the top 210 skaters and 30 goalies, their mission was accomplished.
"You like to see the passion and you want to see which player a scout will stand up and pound the table for," first-year NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr told NHL.com. "There is a group of experienced scouts in this room, and they know the job as far as identifying the talent and finding the intangibles. I do think we'll get it right in the end."