Nick Baptiste, No. 61 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America, concluded his second season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot, 189-pound right wing produced 21 goals and 48 points in 66 games for the Wolves. He also won a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, in April, collecting three goals, eight points and a plus-6 rating in seven tourney games. Baptiste has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com during his stay at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto this week.
So after a month of preparation and many hours in the gym, it's hard to believe the Combine is just a day away [for me]. I've only watched the Combine on television, so I'm not completely sure what to expect. My trainer, Scott Heffernan, has prepared me well for the many skill tests, including the VO2 bike test that I will be required to complete at the Combine.
After much training and many massage sessions, I feel confident that I'll be able to perform well. I'm pretty excited to get started.
Coming off of a strong second half in Sudbury and a gold medal victory in Sochi, Russia with Team Canada, I'm looking forward to meeting with NHL teams and running through the various tests. I'm also looking forward to catching up with buddies, teammates and other players that I've met over the years.
It's crazy to think about spending three days with the world's most elite hockey players in my age group. It's going to be challenging but exciting experience.
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