Top marks for goalies during Combine fitness test
TORONTO -- With the fitness testing portion of the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine over, one of the things the results show is the next wave of goaltenders that come into the NHL will be big and very well-conditioned.
Goalies took the top six spots in the wing-span measurement, topped by 6-foot-5 Anthony Stolarz of Corpus Christi in the NAHL. His 81-inch wing span was three-quarters of an inch longer than Jon Gillies of Indiana (USHL), who measured 80.25 inches. Malcolm Subban of Belleville, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American goalie, was third at 79.5 inches. Andrey Vasilevskiy of Ufa in Russia, Central Scouting's top-ranked European goalie, was sixth at 78 inches.
Matt Tomkins of Sherwood Park (AJHL) tied Calgary Hitmen defenseman Kenton Helgesen for the lowest percentage of body fat at 7.0. Kitchener goalie Frank Palazzese was third at 7.3 percent.
Subban and Jake Paterson of Saginaw (OHL) tied for third in the vertical jump at 30.5 inches, just behind leader Chris Calnan of the Nobles School (Mass.) at 32.5 inches, and London's Andreas Athanasiou (32.0). Tomkins was sixth at 29.8 inches.
Here is how the prospects fared in some of the other tests held Friday and Saturday at the Toronto International Centre:
Anaerobic fitness, peak power output: Sarnia forward Alex Galchenyuk -- who missed all but one regular-season game after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in October -- showcased how well he was healed by leading this category, which measures how explosive a skater he is. His high peak output could be the difference in gaining 2-3 strides on a defenseman on a breakaway. Kitchener forward Matia Marcantuoni and Muskegon center Matthew DeBlouw finished second, with Plymouth forward Thomas Wilson and Calnan rounding out the top five.
VO2 Max test duration: Rogle defenseman Hampus Lindholm lasted longest in the toughest endurance test at the Combine, staying on the bike for 14:40. The Swedish blueliner is No. 4 on Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters. That time was more than a minute longer than Everett defenseman Ryan Murray (13:32), Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked North American skater. Edmonton forward Henrik Samuelsson (13:25), Wilson (13:11) and Exeter School right wing Brian Hart (13:11).
Wing span: In the non-goalie category, the players that measured the longest wing spans were USNTDP center Stefan Matteau, Kitchener center Radek Faksa, Prince George (BCHL) left wing Jujhar Khaira, Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci and Quebec center Mikhail Grigorenko, who tied for seventh at 77.75 inches.
Standing long jump: Defensemen Michael Matheson of Dubuque and Jake McCabe of the University of Wisconsin leapt the farthest at 119 inches. USNTDP defenseman Patrick Sieloff (115) was third, followed by Athanasiou (114.5). Rimouski forward Francis Beauvillier and Red Deer defenseman Mathew Dumba were fifth at 114 inches, followed by Ceci at 113 inches.
Vertical jump: Among the more impressive performers were USNTDP defenseman Brady Skjei, who was seventh at 29.5 inches. Beauvillier was ninth at 29.0 inches, followed by Dumba, Marcantuoni and Belleville center Brendan Gaunce at 28.0 inches.
Bench press: Prince Albert center Mike Winther did the most repetitions with the 150-pound weight at 17. Kent School (Conn.) center Cristoval Nieves was next with 15, followed by Regina forward Chandler Stevenson (14) and Moose Jaw defenseman Morgan Rielly (13). Wilson, Khaira and University of Michigan left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe tied for fifth with 12 reps each.
Push-ups: Stephenson led the way with 52, followed by Paterson (48), Helgesen (46), Lincoln center Kevin Roy (45) and Matheson (41).
Grip strength: The player you'd least like to shake hands with? Rielly, who had the strongest right-hand grip at 167 pounds. Beauvillier (161), Edmonton left wing Mitchell Moroz (160), Gaunce (159), and St. John's Prep (Mass.) right wing Samuel Kurker (155) make up the rest of the top five. Vasilevskiy and Calnan had the strongest left-hand grip at 155 pounds. Rielly (150), Marcantuoni (149), and Matheson (148) round out the top five.
Upper body power: Erie center Dane Fox tossed the four-kilogram ball the farthest, 253 inches. Belleville teammates Gaunce and left wing Daniil Zharkov were next at 235 inches, followed by Khaira and Athanasiou at 232 inches.
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