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Virtanen aces Top Prospect testing

by Staff

Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen was the top performer of the 40 skaters at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

According to data released by Sport Testing, Virtanen had the highest overall grade from the on-ice testing, which was performed Tuesday, the day before the Top Prospects Game.

Among the highlights for Virtanen was his top time in the 30-meter forward sprint at 3.92 seconds, as well as the top time in the 30-meter backward sprint, 4.55 seconds.

Virtanen, a 6-foot-0.75, 208-pound right wing, is ranked ninth by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Placing second was Halifax Mooseheads forward Nikolaj Ehlers, followed by Plymouth Whalers defenseman Alex Peters, Guelph Storm forward Robert Fabbri and Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

Aaron Haydon of the Niagara IceDogs set a Sport Testing record with his performance in the reaction drill. A measure of vision, reaction speed, unplanned change of direction and acceleration, Haydon completed the test in 8.63 seconds; no previous player tested by Sport Testing had completed the drill in less than nine seconds.

Haydon, a 6-foot-2.75, 197-pound defenseman, is No. 28 on Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters.

Prince George Cougars goaltender Ty Edmonds was the top-ranked goaltender at the event. The goalies took part in specialized reaction, agility and movement challenges Sport Testing designed along with Boston Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa.

Among the off-ice tests, Peters and Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad tied for the highest vertical jump at 28 inches. Niagara forward Brendan Perlini won the standing broad jump at 9-3, one inch farther than second-place Connor Bleakley of the Red Deer Rebels.

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