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NHL Combine invitees are discussed

by Mike G. Morreale
There was a pretty intense discussion that just took place regarding the breakdown of invitees to the NHL Combine held in Toronto from May 29 through June 4.

Central Scouting coordinator Nathan Ogilvie-Harris told the group that, in addition to the 75 North American skaters likely to attend, there will be 18 international skaters. Head goalie scout Al Jensen then mentioned that eight goalies would likely attend the Combine at the Westin Bristol Place Hotel.

Keep in mind, every player invited to the Combine "should" be a legitimate prospect that every NHL club has a concerted interest in obtaining come Draft day at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. NHL Central Scouting obviously knows this and just wants to make sure the players on the board have created that type of interest.

The staff at York University will  be carrying out the fitness testing portion on June 3-4 at a venue out by the airport.

We're still at the bottom of Round 3 and preparing for Round 4. The scouts are now checking over the list of their top 101 players currently on the board. Before they move on to Round 4, they just want to make sure no one is missed or if players are in a position they shouldn't be. That being said, the boys consider potential pick No. 1 just as important as pick No. 101.

Right now, midwestern scout Jack Barzee and eastern scout Gary Eggleston are making some points for players within their regions.
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