GLENDALE -- Coyotes executives are back home today after last week’s NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto.
General Manager Don Maloney, Assistant G.M. Brad Treliving, and Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Knickle led the Phoenix contingent as it gathered valuable data leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30 in Newark, N.J.
“We spent the first four days meeting with players and then they had two days of physical testing,” Treliving explained. “It was a good week. We gained valuable information on a lot of the prospects.”
Treliving said the Coyotes interviewed an average of 25 prospects per day – with the interviews lasting between 10-15 minutes.
“In many cases we were able to gain a sense of their personalities and what type of people they are,” Treliving said. “But in some cases the benefit was simply putting a face to a name.”
Coyotes Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Tommy Powers also attended the combine and was watching prospects closely during the two days of physical testing inside a 12,807-square foot room at the Toronto International Centre.
“During the last two days all the teams get a look at the physical frames of the prospects and their physical capabilities, and during that time it becomes clear who needs to do what as far as their training,” Treliving said. “The guys who are not in shape really stand out, but there are very few of those.”
While it’s easy to get excited or disappointed about how a prospect performs during physical testing at the combine, Treliving said it’s important to remember that the combine results are just part of the puzzle when evaluating a young player.
“You have to be careful at the combine because these are 17- and 18-year-old kids,” Treliving said. “They do get bigger and they do get stronger, and your drafting for years down the road not necessarily for next week.”
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With the combine over, the countdown begins for the draft, which this year will last just one day instead of the usual two.
Treliving said the team’s amateur scouting staff will re-assemble three days before the draft in New Jersey to finalize the team’s draft list.
The Coyotes have seven picks in this year’s draft including the 12th overall selection: