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Testing break down

Strength and conditioning coach Lee Stubbs, takes a closer look at the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine results

Thursday, 07.06.2012 / 12:26 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Testing break down

The 2012 NHL Scouting Combine wrapped up last week in Toronto with 105 of the top prospects of the 2012 Draft class. Each player moved through a series of interviews with NHL teams followed by the rigorous physical testing. Winnipeg Jets Assistant Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Lee Stubbs was in Toronto taking detailed notes for Jets GM, Kevin Cheveldayoff and Assistant GM, Craig Heisinger.

“I was there to mainly look at their overall physique from a muscular standpoint,” said Stubbs. “We are able to see their bodies and know how much room they have to develop or if they are already at their maximum size.”

Out of the 100+ prospects, Stubbs is handed a “short list” of anywhere from 20-40 prospect s so that he can focus in on a few specifics.

“I try to take notes on as many prospects as I can even outside of the short list that I was given. There are a lot, but there are so many possibilities come draft day so, the more the better.

“After all of the prospects have finished the testing, I break down the results and see how each guy did overall and see what potential each might have.”

There are a few things that are taken into consideration when it comes time to rate each prospect. Some of the athlete’s seasons only finished a few days ago, if they were in the Memorial Cup Championships. How much time since their last game and when their last workout are all things that are recorded on the scouting reports so that all prospects are given a fair assessment.

“I don’t think the combine testing portion makes a huge difference on where the player will go in the draft but it does weigh into the overall process” said Stubbs. “It’s definitely a decent piece of the puzzle.”

With a long list of injured prospects, you can’t help but wonder if the prospect hardly played last season, how is he ranked both on the ice and off? Also, what the risks are to drafting injured players?

“It depends on the injury,” said Stubbs. “Like when it happened, where it is and the severity of the injury. The biggest question is, will it affect the player long term, and will it be easy to re-injure? It’s common to have injuries, you just have to look if it’ll be a long road to recovery or not.”

There are many prospects who surprised the scouts this season on the ice resulting in moving up the rankings but are there many surprises with the testing?

“There are always surprises at the combine. One guy could be an amazing hockey player but then take his shirt off and he has a lot of room to develop, which can take time. Then there are the guys who are on the low end of the leg testing which can mean they wont be very fast or strong skaters. Or, they aren’t good at the agility testing that can also mean they could be great stick-handlers but yet not the best skater.

“I can help develop a player to his highest potential physically, but can’t teach them to be good hockey players.”

Stubbs is actively involved with every prospect and regular Jets roster player throughout the off-season. He is responsible for making sure every guy is doing the proper amount of workouts and staying on track.

“Every guy gets a workout book from me. Every player is different as some need a little more guidance than others but generally I am in touch with every guy and their strength and conditioning coach every couple of weeks.”

With the draft just a couple weeks away and the prospect camp sneaking up in July, Stubbs will have his hands full with talking to all of the Jets players in the system. He will do his best to make sure each athlete is in tip-top shape when it comes time to try out for the 2012-2013 Winnipeg Jets roster.





1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
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