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2017 NHL Scouting Combine to be held in Buffalo

City has hosted event past two years

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

BUFFALO -- The 2017 NHL Scouting Combine will be held in Buffalo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

The combine has been held the past two years in the city. Teams conducted their prospect interviews at First Niagara Center, the fitness testing was held at HarborCenter and prospects stayed at the Marriott hotel. The three facilities are connected.

"It's a fantastic venue here for us," said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting, following the combine this month. "The hospitality throughout the Sabres, First Niagara Center, the HarborCenter has been great for us."

The combine previously had been held in Toronto.

NHL general managers and scouts have been happy with the move to Buffalo.

"This year is even better than last year from the standpoint of whatever kinks there may or may not have been from moving from Toronto to here they seem to have all been worked out," Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "The Sabres organization has done a great job of making the facilities available to us. The National Hockey League has done a good job from the Central Scouting side of providing this. This is a good situation."

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