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BLOG: Dan Marr on importance of the Combine

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr was in attendance at the Combine and provided his thoughts on why this week is so important to NHL clubs as they move closer towards the draft.

“A lot of teams have been working on their lists all year long,” Marr said. “Some teams have had the opportunity to meet the players but a lot of times they haven’t. Certainly the general manager hasn’t or the assistant general manager so this gives them an opportunity where all of the kids, we can bring them in one spot. They can go around, the general managers have heard about these players and now they get a chance to meet with them and the scouts get a chance to know them a little better. If they have some questions that they didn’t really want to grill them on during the season about their play then now is the point in time they can bring that up with them there.”

Marr also mentioned the importance in the medical evaluations and fitness results as well as how each individual player responds to instructions or motivation.

“For the most part they’ve done their lists here. They might use this here to tweak things a little bit because they didn’t know how to differentiate some players as they work their way down their lists. And it certainly helps those that are at the top end there, the teams where they can identify this is the guy we’re going to key in on.”

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