There’s a building consensus that the Dallas Stars made out like bandits during the 2021 NHL Draft. And while it’s music to the ears of the Victory Green faithful, that boosterism sometimes comes off a little light on details. How well did they do, in real terms?
Wes and Derek (who, you may recall, is an actual scout) sat down to discuss it. In this episode, you learn the answers to questions like these:
- What does a professional hockey scout look for?
- Why are good tools better than bad consistency?
- How much pressure do top prospects really live with?
- How did the pandemic really affect the scouting process during the past season?
- What did the Stars see in Wyatt Johnston...and where did they see it?
- Why does a player like Logan Stankoven drop to the second round?
- Ayrton Martino: lucky get, or luckiest get ever?
- How underscouted was Justin Ertel?
- And when will established Stars prospects like Thomas Harley, Ty Dellandrea and Riley Damiani take the next step?
What do you expect to learn from this episode? Whatever it is, revise it upward. You’re going to learn a lot. Because you’re Stargazing. (Even if you’ve never played in the AJHL, or in Belarus under a different name.)
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