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Lewington stands out in Combine fitness results

by Adam Kimelman

TORONTO -- Medicine Hat Tigers defenseman Tyler Lewington measures in at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, but no player was bigger when it came to some of the upper-body tests during the two days of fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine.

Lewington, No. 66 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, performed a Combine-best 16 repetitions on the 150-pound bench press, one more than forward Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires and Shawinigan Cataractes defenseman Dylan Labbe.

Lewington also did the most pushups, 42, finishing ahead of Rimouski Oceanic defenseman Jan Kostalek, who had 37. United States National Team Development Program center John Hayden and Portland Winterhawks center Nicolas Petan were next with 36.

In the push strength measurement, Lewington again finished first, at 341.0 pounds. Viktor Crus Rydberg, a center with Linkoping's team in the Swedish junior league, was next at 307.0 pounds.

Crus Rydberg was first in the pull strength measurement, at 344.0 pounds. Bogdan Yakimov, a center with Nizhnekamsk in Russia, was next at 311.0 pounds.

Rimouski defenseman Samuel Morin had the highest peak power output on the Wingate Ergometer bike test, measuring 15.8 watts per kilogram of body weight. Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore was next at 15.8, followed by Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand at 14.9.

Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller lasted the longest on the VO2 Max test, lasting 14:30. Owen Sound Attack defenseman Chris Bigras was next, also at 14:30, followed by Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne and Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen at 14:00. London Knights forward Bo Horvat, No. 15 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, tied for fifth at 14:00, and Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan, No. 5 on Central Scouting's list, was eighth at 14:00.

Adam Tambellini of the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League had the lowest body-fat percentage at 5.0. Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads, Central Scouting's third-ranked skater, was second at 5.4 percent. His teammate, No. 2-ranked skater Nathan MacKinnon, was seventh at 7.6 percent.

Central Scouting's top-rated skater, Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, had the longest wingspan, at 81.0 inches. Victoriaville Tigres defenseman Jonathan-Ismael Diaby also measured in at 81.0 inches, followed by London Knights defenseman Nikita Zadorov at 80.5 inches.

Saginaw Spirit forward Nick Moutrey had the longest toss of the four-kilogram medicine ball, at 246 inches. USNTDP right wing Michael McCarron was second at 241 inches, and Bratislava center Marko Dano was third at 232.

Here are the top 10 finishers in selected categories from the two days of testing:

Peak Power Output: 1. Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL), 15.8 watts/kilogram; 2. Shea Theodore, Seattle (WHL), 15.8; 3. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland (WHL), 14.9; 4 (tie). Jeremy Gregoire, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) and Yan Pavel Laplante, PEI (QMJHL), 14.9; 6. Nicholas Baptiste, Sudbury (OHL), 14.7; 7. Connor Hurley, Edina (HIGH-MN), 14.5; 8. Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 14.4; 9 Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 14.4; 10. Morgan Klimchuk, Regina (WHL), 14.2.

VO2 Max Test Duration: 1. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 14:30; 2. Chris Bigras, Owen Sound (OHL), 14:30; 3. Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL), 14:00; 4. Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS (FIN), 14:00; 5 (tie). Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current, Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL) and Bo Horvat, London (OHL), 14:00; 8. Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL), 14:00; 9. Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or (QMJHL), 14:00; 10. Mason Geertsen, Vancouver, 13:30.

Yuhasz Body Fat percentage: 1 (tie). Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), and Jan Kostalek, Rimouski (QMJHL), 7.3; 3 (tie). Zachary Sanford, Islanders (EJHL), and Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland (WHL), 7.4; 5 (tie). Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL), Jacob de la Rose, Leksand (SWE), and Adam Tambellini, Surrey (BCHL), 7.6; 8. Thomas Vannelli, Minnetonka (HIGH-MN), 7.8; 9. Alexander Wennberg, Djurgarden (SWE), 7.7; 10. Remi Elie, London (OHL), 7.8.

Wing Span: 1 (tie). Seth Jones, Portland (WHL) and Jonathan Ismael-Diaby, Victoriaville (QMJHL), 81.0 inches; 3 (tie). Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL) and Eamon McAdam, Waterloo (USHL), 80.5; 5. Michael McCarron, USA U-18 (USHL), 79.5; 6 (tie). Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL), Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) and Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL), 79.0; 10 (tie). Ty Stanton, Medicine Hat (WHL) and Valeri Nichushkin, Chelyabinsk (KHL), 78.5.

Vertek Vertical Jump with Pause: 1 (tie). Remi Elie, London (OHL), Eamon McAdam, Waterloo (USHL) and Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 28.5 inches; 4 (tie). Nicholas Baptiste, Sudbury (OHL) and Thomas Vannelli, Minnetonka (HIGH-MN), 28.0; 6 (tie). Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL), Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston (OHL), and Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or (QMJHL), 27.5; 9 (tie). Brett Pesce, New Hampshire (H-EAST), Ian McCoshen, Waterloo (USHL), Justin Bailey, Kitchener (OHL), Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), Spenser Jensen, Medicine Hat (WHL), Jeremy Gregoire, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL), Ryan Fitzgerald, Valley (EJHL), and Morgan Klimchuk, Regina (WHL), 27.0.

Standing Long Jump: 1. Zach Nastasiuk, Owen Sound (OHL), 117.0 inches; 2. Jacob de la Rose, Leksand (SWE), 115.0; 3. Justin Bailey, Kitchener (OHL), 114.0; 4. Spenser Jensen, Medicine Hat (WHL), 112.5; 5. Linus Arnesson, Djurgarden (SWE), 111.5; 6 (tie). Sean Malone, USA U-18 (USHL), Nicholas Baptiste, Sudbury (OHL) and Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston (OHL), 111.0; 9 (tie). Steven Santini, USA U-18 (USHL), and Chris Bigras, Owen Sound (OHL), 110.0.

Right-hand Grip: 1. Hudson Fasching, USA U-18 (USHL), 169 pounds; 2. Remi Elie, London (OHL), 167; 3. William Carrier, Cape Breton (QMJHL), 155; 4. Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 154; 5. Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), 152; 6. Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), 150; 7 (tie). Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL), and Adam Tambellini, Surrey (BCHL), 149; 9. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 148; 10. Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL), 145.

Left-hand Grip: 1. Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 166 pounds; 2. Remi Elie, London (OHL), 158; 3. Hudson Fasching, USA U-18 (USHL), 154; 4 (tie). Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), Jeremy Gregoire, Baie-Comeau, 151; 6. Justin Bailey, Kitchener (OHL), 149; 7. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 144; 8. Vincent Dunn, Val-d'Or (QMJHL), 143; 9. Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston (OHL), 142; 10 (tie). Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL), Jacob de la Rose, Leksand (SWE), and Nick Moutrey, Saginaw (QMJHL), 141.

Bench Press: 1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat, 16; 2 (tie). Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), and Dylan Labbe, Shawinigan (QMJHL), 15; 4 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Mason Geertsen, Vancouver (WHL), 14; 6 (tie). Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), Nick Moutrey, Saginaw (OHL), Myles Bell, Kelowna (WHL), Ian McCoshen, Waterloo (USHL), 13; 10 (tie). Bo Horvat, London (OHL), Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL), Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current (WHL), and Anthony Florentino, South Kent School (HIGH-CT), 12.

Push-ups: 1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat (WHL), 42; Jan Kostalek, Rimouski (QMJHL), 37; 3 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Nicolas Petan, Portland (WHL), 36; 5 (tie). Connor Hurley, Edina (HIGH-MN), and Juuse Saros, HPK Jr. (FIN-JR), 34; 7 (tie). Zach Nastasiuk, Owen Sound (OHL), William Carrier, Cape Breton (QMJHL), Keaton Thompson, USA U-18 (USHL), Spenser Jensen, Medicine Hat (WHL), Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), and Remi Elie, London (OHL), 32.

Push Strength: 1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat (WHL), 341 pounds; 2. Viktor Crus Rydberg, Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR), 307; 3. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 296; 4 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), 294; 6. Myles Bell, Kelowna (WHL), 277; 7. Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SWE), 277; 8 (tie). Mason Geertsen, Vancouver (WHL), and Joshua Morrissey, Prince Albert (WHL), 276; 10. Hudson Fasching, USA U-18 (USHL), 267.

Pull Strength: 1. Viktor Crus Rydberg, Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR), 344 pounds; 2. Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), 311; 3. Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 307; 4. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL), 305; 5. Mason Geertsen, Vancouver (WHL), 302; 6. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat (WHL), 296; 7. Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS (FIN), 294; 8. Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL), 293; 9. Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL), 290; 10 (tie). Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SWE), Avery Peterson, Grand Rapids (HIGH-MN), and Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL), 288.

Upper Body Power 4 KG Ball: 1. Nick Moutrey, Saginaw (OHL), 246 inches; 2. Michael McCarron, USA U-18 (USHL), 241; 3. Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL), 232; 4. Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), 230; 5. Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL), 227; 6. Ian McCoshen, Waterloo (USHL), 225; 7. John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), 224; 8. Jan Kostalek, Rimouski (QMJHL), 223; 9. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 222; 10. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL), Vincent Dunn, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) and Alexandre Coulombe, Stanstead College (HIGH-QC), 221.


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