EDMONTON, AB - What's on the menu?
The NHL Scouting Combine, which sees dozens of NHL Draft prospects interviewed by National Hockey League organizations ahead of June's Draft, also sees some select players taken out for dinner.
"I'm not going to tell you who they were but we took four players out this year," quipped Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green. "It's nice because you talk to them during the day and it's a lot more formal when they come into that room with a bunch of grown men and they're nervous and everything."
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The standard club interviews at the event - which are confined to only 20 minutes of routine questioning - can become repetitious but the suppers are usually a bit different.
"It was a little bit more relaxed," said Green. "So, we had good dinners. We just tried to get a feel for a player in that setting. They're all such good kids, it's a lot of fun."
The Oilers own the 10th-overall selection in the first round of the Draft, which will take place in Dallas, TX, on June 22-23.