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.
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