The Red Wings’ amateur scouts and key members of the front office are spending this week in Buffalo, New York to interview and watch players taking part in the NHL’s draft combine. MLive’s Ansar Khan spoke with Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the team’s strategy for the week:
The Red Wings are scheduled to meet individually with about 70 players in 25-minute sessions that began Monday and run through Friday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The event concludes on the weekend with strength and fitness testing.
General manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Ryan Martin, assistant Kris Draper, director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright, chief amateur scout Jeff Finley and area scouts are meeting with prospects.
“It’s a chance for us to see what makes them tick, sort of a job interview process,” Martin said. “It might cause us to shift the list a little bit in terms of what we’ve seen on the ice. By this point, we’ve been watching these players, in some cases 2-3 years, and over the course of that time you’re meeting with coaches, trainers, teammates, billet families, strength coaches, people that have had contact with these players throughout their lives, parents perhaps. You’re painting a picture. This is not something that is put together over one season, it’s typically multiple seasons. At this point of the year, most of these players, if not all, we will have already interviewed once or more throughout the year.”
Khan and Martin continue at length, and this is an intriguing read…