BUFFALO - Center Joshua Norris of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program was among the most impressive performers in the fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine.
Norris, No. 34 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, finished first in five of the tests Saturday, including peak power output on the Wingate bike test.
The Wingate, which measures a skater's explosive power in a 30-second sprint, generated 19.5 watts per kilogram of body weight. He nearly was two watts per kilogram ahead of Brynas center Jesper Boqvist (17.6). Norris also had the second-best mean power output at 12.7, just behind Sault Ste. Marie center Morgan Frost (12.8).
Norris also had the best times in the pro agility test, a 20-yard shuttle run that measures a player's agility starting to his left (4.19 seconds) and right (4.19 seconds).
His vertical jump of 26.19 inches and his standing long jump of 118.0 inches also were first among all players.
Norris (6-1, 192) had 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 61 games this season. He's committed to the University of Michigan for 2017-18.
Halifax center Nico Hischier, No. 2 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, tied for the lead in pull-ups with 13, along with Dexter School defenseman Jack Rathbone and Acadie-Bathurst center Antoine Morand.
Goaltender Dayton Rasmussen of Chicago of the United States Hockey League did a combine-best 17 repetitions on the bench press.
Waterloo center Shane Bowers lasted 16:45 on the VO2 Max bike test, which measures a player's endurance. That test was conducted Friday.
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