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Dahlin says Scouting Combine testing 'kind of hard' but fun

No. 1 Draft prospect top 10 in one of eight events; Svechnikov top 15 in four

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

BUFFALO -- Rasmus Dahlin, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2018 NHL Draft, finished in the top 25 in two of the eight stations during the fitness testing portion of the NHL Scouting Combine.

"It was fun," Dahlin said Saturday, when all but one of the events were done. "Was kind of hard. But most of the time it was just fun."

With cameras following his every step, Dahlin started by having his height and weight measured at 6-foot-2.75, 185.32 pounds.


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He went 104.25 inches in the standing broad jump, then hit 16.41 inches in the vertical jump. He generated 5.78 watts of power per kilogram in the bench press, which was changed this year to measure the power a player generates when he lifts the bar rather than the number of repetitions he does.

After completing the pro agility drill -- a 15-foot sprint one way, a 30-foot sprint the other way, then a 15-foot sprint to the center start/finish line -- he completed 10 pullups, which tied for 22nd. His left-hand grip was 139 pounds.

Tweet from @NHLAdamK: Dahlin first attempt at the pro agility test. Each player starts right once and then left once

The final test was the Wingate cycle ergometer test, which measures a player's leg power. It's a 45-second ride split into 5-10 second intervals of sprinting followed by resting, which simulates an average on-ice shift.

"The Wingate, that was pretty tough," Dahlin said. "I'm glad I'm already done it."

Tweet from @NHLAdamK: Rasmus Dahlin with the longest 45 seconds of his day

The 18-year-old, who is the No. 1 ranked International skater by NHL Central Scouting, said he didn't pay too much attention to the cameras and reporters that followed him from station to station.

"I just focused on what I should do and all the testing," he said. "I didn't feel the cameras (were there). I noticed but I didn't think about it."

Dahlin's best result was in the Vo2 Max bike test Friday, which measures a player's endurance. He lasted 16:01, which was sixth-best. Baie-Comeau defenseman Xavier Bouchard was first at 16:45.

Tweet from @NHLAdamK: Here���s Dahlin���s first attempt at the standing broad jump

Barrie forward Andrei Svechnikov, NHL Central Scouting's No. 1-rated North American skater and possible No. 2 pick in the draft, finished in the top 15 in four categories Saturday.

He tied for second in the pro agility drill starting to his right at 4.3 seconds; tied for sixth in the bench press with 7.25 watts per kilogram; had the eighth-strongest left-hand grip at 151 pounds; and was 13th in the standing long jump at 108.5 inches.

Video: Rasmus Dahlin works out at 2018 NHL Scouting Combine

The fastest player in the pro agility drill was Penticton defenseman Jonathan Tychonick, No. 36 in the final ranking of North American skaters, who finished first starting to his left and to his right, each in 4.2 seconds.

London forward Liam Foudy (No. 19) matched him at 4.2 seconds starting to the left, and was second at 4.3 seconds starting to the right. Foudy finished first in the standing long jump (118.8 inches) and in peak power output on the Wingate at 19.8 watts of power per kilogram.

For the top 25 finishers in combine testing events, click here.

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