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Baptiste gearing up for bike tests

by Nick Baptiste

Nick Baptiste, No. 61 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America, concluded his second season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot, 189-pound right wing produced 21 goals and 48 points in 66 games for the Wolves. He also won a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, in April, collecting three goals, eight points and a plus-6 rating in seven tourney games. Baptiste has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for during his stay at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto this week.

Hi everyone. On Tuesday, I arrived in Toronto and made my way to the hotel. I registered and met up with my roommate Phil Desrosiers and some of the other players. I had a bit of time to catch up with some guys before my first dinner meeting with a team.

On Wednesday morning, my meetings started at 8:45 a.m. I was scheduled to meet 19 teams over the course of the two days and the meetings went well. Each meeting was pretty relaxed. There were a few difficult questions but most teams asked about my season, my strengths and my game.

Each night, I had a chance to catch up with the players and talk about our seasons and summer plans.

On Friday (today), the physical testing begins. My scheduled time is 1:30 p.m.. For the most part, I feel ready for the test and know that the adrenaline will kick in at some point. The bike tests will be the most challenging part of the afternoon.

Thanks for reading. I'll file one more blog at the conclusion of my fitness test.

Follow Nick Baptiste on Twitter at: @NickBaptiste

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