With the start of the fitness testing portion of the 2009 Scouting Combine on Friday, fans will be able -- for the first time -- to track the progress of some of their favorite prospects.
NHL Central Scouting's public Web site (CentralScouting.NHL.com
) has been redesigned and will be re-launched Friday morning when the first group of prospects begins the fitness testing at 8:30 a.m. ET.
"The top 10 in each of the combine categories will be posted, along with the average score of all the competitors," Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire told NHL.com. "This is very parallel to the NFL Web site where they publish combine results. We designed it after that."
While there is no on-ice component to the combine tests, there are a number of other measurements that will be taken. Among them are basics like height, weight, wingspan and flexibility.
Strength measurements will include tests for grip strength, bench press, timed push-ups and sit-ups, vertical leap and distance for a seated medicine ball toss.
The two most important tests are a pair of stationary bikes, which measure aerobic and anaerobic fitness.
The Wingate cycle ergometer test measures a player's anaerobic fitness by testing their maximum power output during a regular shift length.
The players' aerobic fitness is measured through a VO2 max test. This test attempts to measure how much time a player needs to rest between shifts.
The new look to Central Scouting's Web site only begins with the combine. Fans soon will be able to track more prospects as the site is further populated with things like statistics and schedules.
"The new structure and foundation allows us to load a lot more and a lot more current data on that public Web site for the consumer," said McGuire. "While the curtain was up, a lot of good improvements were made and we think the foundation is there to make a better product for the public to use."