Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen was the top performer of the 40 skaters at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
According to data released by Sport Testing, Virtanen had the highest overall grade from the on-ice testing, which was performed Tuesday, the day before the Top Prospects Game.
Among the highlights for Virtanen was his top time in the 30-meter forward sprint at 3.92 seconds, as well as the top time in the 30-meter backward sprint, 4.55 seconds.
Virtanen, a 6-foot-0.75, 208-pound right wing, is ranked ninth by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Aaron Haydon of the Niagara IceDogs set a Sport Testing record with his performance in the reaction drill. A measure of vision, reaction speed, unplanned change of direction and acceleration, Haydon completed the test in 8.63 seconds; no previous player tested by Sport Testing had completed the drill in less than nine seconds.
Haydon, a 6-foot-2.75, 197-pound defenseman, is No. 28 on Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters.
Prince George Cougars goaltender Ty Edmonds was the top-ranked goaltender at the event. The goalies took part in specialized reaction, agility and movement challenges Sport Testing designed along with Boston Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa.
Among the off-ice tests, Peters and Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad tied for the highest vertical jump at 28 inches. Niagara forward Brendan Perlini won the standing broad jump at 9-3, one inch farther than second-place Connor Bleakley of the Red Deer Rebels.
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