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The top prospect met with the media after finishing up fitness testing at the Combine

by Austin Siegel /

Alex Turcotte battled health issues with the USNTDP but talked about putting those medical concerns behind him at the 2019 NHL Combine. 

"I think [the Combine] is important to experience. I've never been through something like this," Turcotte said. "I'm really happy my health is at 100% and I was able to do this."

Video: One-on-one: Alex Turcotte

Turcotte struggled with lower body injuries with the USNTDP but skated on the program's second line when healthy, behind consensus top pick Jack Hughes. He is commited to the University of Wisconsin in the fall.

The Island Lake, IL native met with Blackhawks brass at the Combine, including Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman. 

"I thought all of my interviews went really well," Turcotte said. "[Scotty Bowman] talked to me a little bit, but was mostly just staring at me. It was fun, it was cool for sure."

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