Putting faces to the names

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

For Kevin Lowe, the top prospects game tomorrow night in Edmonton gives him a chance to put a face to a name. The Oilers GM will be in attendance for the contest (7 p.m., Rexall) with his eye on certain players which may fill a need down the road.

FORMULATE A PLAN

"You want to try and formulate as much as you can on a player," Lowe said. "In the past KP (Kevin Pendergast) and now Stu (MacGregor) will hand me the lineup with color-coded players on it based on our discussions on the types of players we're looking for.

"This for me is usually the kickoff to see them in the next couple of months. In a lot of cases, this puts a body and a face to the player. Their names come across our desk when central rates them or our guys talk about them, but we don't get to see them."

Not knowing where they'll pick in the draft, makes it difficult to pinpoint one or two players out of this game to focus on. The general rule when it comes to drafting talent is to take the best player available, then trade for necessity. For that reason, teams have to look at all the players taking part in the game.

"I don't think there is a way that a manager in the NHL can get to a point where you feel you have enough viewings on a player." Lowe said.

"I like to know a little bit about a player before going in, know their style. From then, I'll formulate my own opinions on him."

Considering it's just one game, there is only so much Lowe can learn about a player. Ultimately when it comes to draft day, he'll rely heavily on his scouting staff to make the best decision for the club.

MAKING AN IMPRESSION

"I remember Theo Peckham at this game," Lowe said, referring to the team's second choice in the 2006 draft.

"I knew that he was a tough kid. But he was skating backwards and tripped. I felt so bad for the kid, you just had to wonder what was going through his mind.

"After that he was just trying to rip the cover off anybody on the ice. He wanted to leave the lasting impression that he was tough. It was pretty interesting to see."


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