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.
"I'm the first guy, maybe I put up a good show for the other guys," he said.
Performing in front of a room packed with NHL general managers and scouts, as well as the media, however, added another layer of difficulty.
"It was a little stressful, of course," he said. "I was trying not to think about it. Just doing my stuff, concentrate on myself to do things."
He said if anyone in a later group asked him about his experience, he would tell the truth, that it wasn't too bad.
"Don't be stressed, it's just a test," he said. "It's going to go well for you."
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