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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

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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01