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2013 NHL Scouting Combine: LIVE BLOG

Follow along with our live coverage from the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto as we provide video interviews with top draft-eligible prospects and Jets management.

Wednesday, 29.05.2013 / 12:55 PM / 2013 NHL DRAFT CENTRAL
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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2013 NHL Scouting Combine: LIVE BLOG

The NHL Scouting Combine is an annual event where top draft-eligible prospects go through numerous interviews with NHL teams followed by one hour of intense physical testing in front of a room full of media, scouts and NHL management. is on location at the International Centre in Toronto covering the fitness portion of the event on Friday May 31st and Saturday June 1st.

This year, 101 of the top ranked prospects are in attendance at the Combine to test their mental and physical strengths to the test. All 30 NHL teams are allowed to interview as many of the prospects as they'd like for up to 20 minutes. These interviews take place over the course of four days.

After the prospects have completed all of the interviews that they were requested for, they move onto the fitness testing portion of the combine which starts bright and early Friday morning.

72 prospects are divided up into eight groups of nine athletes on the first day. The second day the final group of 29 are divided into four groups. Each group begins the process with weighing in and having their exact height measured. They then make their way through the individual physical tests that include the following:

• Wingspan
• Body Fat (Skinfold Measurement)
• Grip Strength
• Push/Pull Strength
• Push-ups
• Curl-ups
• Vertical Jump
• Standing Long Jump
• Bench Press
• Trunk Flexion
• Equilibrium Test
• Jump Training Mat

After the strength testing concludes, the prospects move onto the very challenging and dreadful bike testing. There are two vigorous bike tests to complete: the Wingate Ergometer Test, which is geared to see how much energy a player uses during a 30-second shift, and the VO2 Max Test, which measures a player’s endurance. Think of the anaerobic (Wingate) as a regular shift in a game but the VO2 Max is the entire game as a whole.


The 3 top ranked prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine spoke to the media a day before fitness testing.

Top 3 Forum: 2013 NHL Combine 



Group 1:

Jonathan Drouin- F- Halifax Mooseheads

Pavel Buchnevich, Gustav Olofsson, Adam Tambellini, Jonathan Drouin, Calvin Petersen, Keaton Thompson, Adam Erne, Zachary Sanford, Mitchell Wheaton


It has only been five days since Jonathan Drouin won the Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The 5'11", 176 lbs, left winger arrived Thursday night and only had to participate in the medical testing portion of the combine.

"We've been playing a lot of hockey, we just got back four days ago," said Drouin. "We didn't want to hurt ourselves, we haven't trained in off-ice stuff in a long time so it was a little dangerous to jump in like that."

Drouin is ranked third in the 2013 NHL Draft Prospects, but it's no secret that he'd love to go first overall.

"Obviously everyone wants to go number one," he said. "It would be a great honour. Colorado is a good team and that's my goal for sure, I want to go number one but whatever happens, happens."

Drouin is coming off an impressive season with the Mooseheads as he led his team with 105 points (41g, 64a) in 49 games.

Seth Jones- D-Portland Winterhawks
Group 2:
JT Compher, John Hayden, Marc-Olivier Roy, Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, Spenser Jensen, Steven Santini, Anthony Florentino, Seth Jones, Shea Theodore.

First ranked Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks just finished his season last Sunday at the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon so did not take part in the physical testing portion of the combine today.

"I just played my last game on Sunday so I didn't have time to train or do anything for this," said Jones. "My body is still worn down, I've been nursing a couple of injuries all year so I didn't think i was really prepare and I had a good talk with my agent about it and he felt the same way."

Jones finished the season with
56 points in 61 games with a plus-46 rating with the 'Hawks this season, good for fourth in defensemen scoring. The level-headed 6'3.5" 205-pound blueliner said he wasn't too concerned where he is picked or who he will play with next season, he's more excited just to be going through the process.

"I mean to be the number one rated player in North America by Central Scouting and it's what you work towards," he said. "Everyone wants to be their best but with that being said, no one knows what the team is thinking, no one knows what the team needs. I'm just going to control what I can control which is trying to develop and get better.


Group 3:
William Carrier, Anthony Mantha, Joshua Morrissey, Eric Comrie, Eamon McAdam, Brett Pesce, Morgan Klimchuk, Sean Monahan, Eric Roy.

  • WATCH EXCLUSIVE 1-on-1 interview with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on the 2013 NHL Scouting  Combine process and his thoughts on the overall Draft class.
  • WATCH EXCLUSIVE 1-on-1 interview with Director of Amateur Scouting, Marcel Comeau at the Scouting Combine in Toronto.
  • Eric Comrie- WATCH


Russian RW Valeri Nichushkin
Group 4:
Laurent Dauphin, Ryan Hartman, Valeri Nichushkin, Ryan Fitzgerald, Ryan Kujawinski, Darnell Nurse, Frederik Gauthier, Yan Pavel Laplante, Ryan Pulock.

INTERVIEWS ________________________________________________________________________________________________

London Knights centre Bo Horvat
Group 5:
Nicolas, Zachary Fucale, Ian McCoshen, Michael Downing, Connor Hurley, Thomas Vannelli, Hudson Fasching, Nathan MacKinnon, Venentin Zykov.


Max Domi taking his body fat test.
Group 6:
Aleksander Barkov, Dylan Labbe, Samuel Morin, Max Domi, Curtis Lazar, Hunter Shinkaruk, Dillon Heatherington, Michael McCarron, Jordan Subban


London Knights centre Bo Horvat
Group 7:
Justin Bailey, Jarry Tristan, Mirco Mueller, Oliver Bjorkstrand, James Lodge, Kerby Rycel, Bo Horvat, Sean Malone, Nikita Zadorov


Group 8:
Chris Bigras, Anthony Duclair, Zach Nastasiuk, Madison Bowey, Remi Elie, Nicolas Peten, Jason Dickinson, Spencer Martin, Nick Sorensen.





1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
  • Round One - 13th
  • Round Two - 43rd
  • Round Two - 59th
  • Round Two - 61st
  • Round Three - 74th
  • Round Three - 91st
  • Round Four - 104th
  • Round Five - 134th
  • Round Six - NONE
  • Round Seven - 190th + 194th