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Posted On Saturday, 06.02.2012 / 4:10 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

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).
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Posted On Saturday, 06.02.2012 / 9:31 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Combine just part of the Draft Soup

TORONTO -- To Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney, the decision on what to do at the draft is like cooking a meal. You need all the ingredients, but too much of one thing can spoil the meal. That's why he enjoys the annual NHL Scouting Combine, but he told NHL.com it's important not to put too much emphasis on the event.

"It's like a soup," he said. "There's 20 ingredients and you have to make sure how much emphasis you put in certain areas."

Maloney, who said he didn't do a lot of amateur scouting this season, said he allows his scouts to run things in the interview room. He said the Coyotes talked to about 75 prospects during the four days of interviews, and for most of them he was a spectator.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 4:14 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Grigorenko almost healed from mono

TORONTO -- Mikhail Grigorenko sat out the fitness testing of the Scouting Combine while he continues to recover from a bout of mononucleosis. However, he assured NHL decision-makers he would be 100 percent before teams are scheduled to report to training camps in September. In fact, the Quebec Remparts center said he'd be ready to go by the time teams hold summer rookie camps.

"Mini-camp will be in two months or something, so I'll be ready," he said. "In a few days I will start to train, so I have all summer to train."

Grigorenko said he didn't even know he was sick until after the Remparts lost to the Halifax Mooseheads in the quarterfinals of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. He had 10 points in 11 games, but just three goals, leading some to question his work ethic.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 3:58 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Girgensons ready to eat

TORONTO -- As exciting as the Scouting Combine experience has been for Dubuque center  Zemgus Girgensons, he's looking forward to next week when he can do something really special -- chew his food.

Girgensons broke his jaw more than a month ago in a USHL playoff game, and said he hasn't been able to chew his food since then.

"I just started eating this week," he said. "I wasn't able to chew for five weeks."

Girgensons said he lost 10-15 pounds on his liquid diet, and because of that he skipped the fitness testing portion of the Scouting Combine.

"I'm not 100-percent ready," he said. "I'm not doing anything if I can't show my best."
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 3:26 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Beauvillier was first man in

TORONTO -- Rimouski Oceanic forward Francis Beauvillier had the honor of being the first player to enter the fitness testing room.

He came through unscathed, and said it wasn't really as bad as he thought it would be.

"The VO2 Max I thought would be harder than that, you had to keep breathing with the thing in your mouth," he said. "But I thought it went pretty well."

Beauvillier, No. 56 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, also told NHL.com he didn't mind going first.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 2:16 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Different approach to Combine

TORONTO -- Les Jackson, director of scouting and player development for the Dallas Stars, has been doing his job for a long time, and is one of the more respected talent evaluators.

What he's learned over the years has shaped his approach to the Scouting Combine, which is different than many others.

Jackson said in the grand scheme of what he does, he doesn't gain a lot from the Combine, either in the interviews or the fitness testing.

"We take the season to evaluate the players and watch them," he told NHL.com. "Individual scouts in the areas meet with the players, find out about their backgrounds. We don't even really interview players at the Combine itself."

Jackson said he believes the interview set-up at the Combine doesn't do justice to the player are the teams.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 1:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Coyotes could be looking for trade partner

TORONTO -- Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney told NHL.com that he's happy with the 27th pick of the first round, but said there's a good chance he will move the pick.

"We're probably more inclined to move the pick one way or the other," he said. "A lot of this stuff gets talked about and dealt with on the draft floor. You look at what might be there. What's the value of dropping some to get an extra pick or two? Does that make sense? Or is there a guy that's sitting there that you might have in your top 12 sitting there at 19 or 20, you say maybe we throw something together to get up. For me, it's really exploring where we can go with it."

Maloney said he's willing to move the pick because the 2012 NHL Draft is considered deep in defensemen, and he feels that's a position of strength in his organization.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 12:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Cheveldayoff looks back on first year

TORONTO -- When Kevin Cheveldayoff arrived at the NHL Scouting Combine, it was in an entirely different role than his time here in years past.

It was at last year's Combine that the first seeds were planted that landed Cheveldayoff, then an assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks, as GM of the Winnipeg Jets.

Hired by the Jets on June 8, 2011, he had to hit the ground running heading into last year's draft. This year, he says, it's a bit different of an experience for him.
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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 12:24 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Wilson: Sharks could be active again at draft

TORONTO -- The San Jose Sharks were one of the most active teams at last year's draft, making a pair of moves that landed them defenseman Brent Burns and forward Martin Havlat. It might not be at the same level this year, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson could see his team being just as active this year.

"We have six picks, hopefully we'll have more picks by the time the draft comes around," Wilson told NHL.com. "We think it's a good draft, we really do. Lot of people do tend to just look at the top five or seven or 10 picks and value the draft on that basis. There's quality guys in those spots, but I think there's some really good players deeper in the draft that are going to play and have very successful careers."

The Sharks currently have the 17th pick in the first round, and Wilson said they'll stick to their philosophy of taking the best player available, regardless of position. However, if there's a player they like, Wilson said he won't be afraid to move up to get him.
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Posted On Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 11:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Combing the 2012 NHL Combine

Bergevin putting his trust in Timmins

TORONTO -- Marc Bergevin wasn't able to spend much time at the NHL Scouting Combine, but the new Montreal Canadiens general manager knows he has real good people in place that will help the team get the most out of the third pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Leading the way is Trevor Timmins, the club's highly respected director of procurement and player development.

"I didn't know Trevor other than who Trevor was," Bergevin, hired May 2, told NHL.com. "He's an outstanding person. The way he conducts his meeting, the way he runs his staff, is very impressive."

Bergevin, who left the Combine to return to Montreal late Thursday afternoon after arriving Wednesday night following the GM meetings in New York, said he'll have the final say on what the Canadiens do at the draft. However, he said Timmins and his scouting staff will play a major role in what happens June 22-23 in Pittsburgh.
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