Dallas – No Draft Interviews

by Chelsea

I was reading this article, written by 2009 draft prospect Chris Kreider from the Scouting Combine in Toronto. It’s a very interesting read on its own, but one sentence stood out as especially interesting:

The only two teams I’m not meeting with are Ottawa and Dallas – and Dallas isn’t meeting with anyone.

This was posted on May 27, 2009. Joe Nieuwendyk was announced as the new Stars GM on May 31. Obviously, upper management was going through some big changes at the time. However, that hardly seems to be a good reason to (apparently) completely ignore an important part of the drafting process.
So my big question: Why would the Stars pass on interviewing draft candidates entirely, especially when they have the highest draft pick (8th overall) since 1996?

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