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Sarnia's Chychrun enjoying Combine experience

Top Draft-eligible defenseman writes about being interviewed by scout who selected his father in 1984

by Jakob Chychrun / Special to

Jakob Chychrun, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, has played two seasons with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman had 11 goals, 49 points, and a plus-23 rating in 62 regular-season games this season, and two goals and eight points in seven games in the OHL playoffs. Born in Boca Raton, Fla., Chychrun is the son of former NHL player Jeff Chychrun. He is in Buffalo this week taking part in the 2016 Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter.

BUFFALO -- Hi everyone!

I arrived in Buffalo on Sunday night, a little later than everybody else since I was coming from Boca Raton, Fla. I settled in and got something to eat and had eight interviews Monday. I want to do well in the fitness testing, obviously, and naturally I feel I'm pretty good at these interviews. I think I'm mature and well-spoken and I'm just trying to enjoy the whole process.

Everyone tells me to enjoy the experience so I'm trying to take the advice from the people that know best.

My final interview on Monday was with the Philadelphia Flyers. It was special to be interviewed by the team that drafted my dad. He played five seasons for the Flyers and played with Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, so it was a special team for sure to be in there talking to the guys that really know my dad.

I thought the interview with Philadelphia went well. It's a good group of guys in that room. In addition to Hextall, Rick Pracey, a Flyers amateur scout, was also there, and he asked a majority of the questions. Dennis Patterson, who actually was the scout that drafted my dad in the second round in 1984, was there as well. That was very special and it's something I'll never forget.

I know what people are saying about this draft class. There's talk about how there's so many players who could be selected in the first round in different spots. But for me, I'm not really worried about it. No matter what I do I'm not going to be able to control the situation. I'm going to let everything pan out the way it's going to go and I honestly have no idea what will happen or where I'll end up on draft day. Everybody that I've talked to said it doesn't really matter where you go anyway; it matters what you do after the draft.

I look forward to spending time with my family at the draft. It's going to be a special moment. After that, then I can get excited for training camp in September.

I have 25 total interviews for the week and am looking forward to making an impression. I was asked a lot of the same questions Monday but nobody went off the beaten path.

I rode the bike every single day in Florida to prepare for the Wingate bike test Saturday. I woke up every morning and rode the bike with high intensity. Nothing can prepare you for the actual thing, but I feel as ready as I'm going to be.

I'll file another blog later in the week. Thanks for reading.

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