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Jones, MacKinnon head list of Combine invitees

by Mike G. Morreale

Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads head the list of 101 players that have been invited to take part in the NHL Scouting Combine.

Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, NHL Draft (Getty Images / Halifax Mooseheads)

The Combine will be held May 27 to June 1 in Toronto.

The list of prospects includes the top 79 players on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

"It's just a matter of showing the teams what you can do," Jones told about the Combine. "I don't think anyone should go in nervous … I'm certainly not looking at it that way. It should be a fun experience."

Jones, MacKinnon and Drouin currently are starring for their respective teams in the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Memorial Cup will conclude with the championship game on May 26.

Central Scouting is anticipating 86 North American players total, including the top seven goalies from its final ranking of North American goaltenders. The top 15 European prospects, including top-ranked goalie Juuse Saros, also have been invited.

The Combine is split into two parts. An interview phase will be held May 27-30, followed by a fitness test May 31 and June 1 at the Toronto International Centre and will be headed by Dr. Norman Gledhill and his staff at York University.

While post-season surgery to No. 1-ranked European prospect Aleksander Barkov of Tappara in Finland and No. 4-ranked North American skater Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will keep each from participation in the fitness tests, both players will undergo medical examinations and NHL team interviews.


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