Gathered in Buffalo last month, the Stars' scouting staff buzzed through 27 player interviews in three days and pored over analytics from physical testing.
But as important as that process is in preparing for the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas at American Airlines Center Friday and Saturday, it was merely the conclusion to a hard year acquiring information on these young players. The real work is done on the road in small North American cities or far flung overseas locales.
"This is definitely helpful, but it's what you see during the season that's the most important," Joe McDonnell, the Stars director of amateur scouting, said at the scouting combine. "We want them to be hockey players, so we need to watch them playing hockey."