-- The first day of NHL Scouting Combine fitness testing here at the Toronto Congress Centre has finished, so it's time to look at a few first-day leaders in some of the categories.
Peak power output
-- The Wingate Cycle Ergometer -- also known as the bane of prospects' existence -- measures how hard a player can go in a 30-second shift. Portland Winterhawks forward Ty Rattie
and Shawinigan Cataractes defenseman Jonathan Racine
led the way at 15.9 watts of energy per kilogram of body weight.
VO2 Max test duration
-- The players who stuck with it the longest were a pair of defensemen, Skelleftea's Adam Larson and the Vancouver Giants' David Musil
, each at 14 minutes. Next were Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton
and Saginaw Spirit forward Brandon Saad
-- Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman Joel Edmundson
, who stands 6-foot-4 1/2, had a 79.24-inch wing span, about a quarter-inch longer than Racine, who stands 6-1.
-- Rogle defenseman Rasmus Bengtsson
measured in with only 3.6-percent body fat. The next leanest players were U.S. National Team forward Rocco Grimaldi
and Saint John Sea Dogs forward Ryan Tesink
at 6.8 percent.
-- Racine pops up again, setting the standard with 119.3 inches. U.S. National Team defenseman Connor Murphy
was second at 115.5.
-- Portland defenseman Joseph Morrow
and Saginaw Spirit forward Vincent Trocheck
had the best hops, scoring 30.3-inch vertical leaps, just ahead of Boston University defenseman Adam Clendening
, who went 30.0 inches. Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day was turned in by the 5-foot-6 Grimaldi, who tied Racine for fourth at 29.8 inches.
-- Swift Current Broncos defenseman Reece Scarlett
led the way with 51, with Murphy second at 48.
-- The player you'd least like to shake hands with is Morrow, who measured 177 pounds with his right hand. The strongest overall grip, however, belonged to Prince Albert Raiders forward Mark McNeill
, who was second to Morrow on right-hand grip at 162 pounds, and first with his left hand, also 162.
-- Clendening, McNeill and Saint John Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco
each did 13 reps with the 150-pound weight on the bench. Omaha Lancers forward Seth Ambroz
and Northeastern defenseman Jamie Oleksiak
were next with 12.
-- Clendening led the way with 40. Grimaldi was next with 39.
-- The hardest player to clear from the front of the net might be McNeill, who had 32 goals in 72 WHL games this season. His 366 pounds of push strength was far ahead of Oleksiak, who was next at 312. McNeill's pull strength of 306 pounds was second only to U.S. National Team forward Tyler Biggs
, who totaled 323 pounds.
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