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Evaluation day

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – Fifty-six prospects took part in the 2013 Montreal Canadiens Combine on Wednesday at the Bell Sports Complex.

In addition to undergoing medical and fitness evaluations, players participated in a variety of tests and exercises designed to gauge their potential for success at the NHL level ahead of the upcoming draft.

After completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, a questionnaire measuring perception and decision-making, players headed to the gym for a Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a set of seven physical tests of coordination and strength aimed at identifying areas of weakness and tightness in their bodies. Players also submitted to a beep test to determine their VO2 Max, and performed several strength and power-related exercises, including a bench press, grip test, standing high-jump, and HiTrainer testing on a treadmill.

Players took part in a variety of activities at the Bell Sports Complex, including treadmill testing.

Divided into morning and afternoon groups, players took part in on-ice sessions with director of amateur scouting Trevor Timmins, director of player development Martin Lapointe, player development coach Patrice Brisebois, and amateur scout Serge Boisvert.

“I grew up here and to be a part of an event like this one that was organized by the Canadiens is special,” admitted Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zachary Fucale, who is currently the top-ranked North American goaltender according to NHL Central Scouting. “All I had to do was take a few tests. They gather the most information possible, and we’ll see what happens [at the draft].

“All of the guys in the Canadiens organization know us from A to Z,” added the Rosemere, QC native, who backstopped the Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup title in late May in Saskatoon, SK.

Like Fucale, London Knights centerman Bo Horvat took the Canadiens Combine in stride.

“It was a good experience all around,” explained Horvat, currently ranked 15th by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters. “It was just a great experience being here and seeing the facility, being on the ice with all of the guys.

“I’m sure all of the guys are excited [for the draft],” continued Horvat, who garnered OHL Playoff MVP honors after registering 16 goals and 23 points during London’s postseason championship run. “I’m excited [too]. This month can’t go by slower actually, so I’m really looking forward it. I’m just really excited to see where I go.”

Thirty of the draft-eligible players who participated in the NHL Combine conducted last week in Toronto were on site at the Canadiens Combine. Approximately 30 attendees partaking in the sessions in Brossard were products of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which also featured about 30 Quebec natives.

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Canadiens will have the 25th selection in the opening round of the draft, and currently hold six selections in the first three rounds.

Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for

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