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LIVE BLOG: At the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine - DAY 3

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
After two days of intense fitness physical testing, the 2013 NHL Combine is finally over. We interviewed 19 prospects entering in this year's draft as well as Oilers General Manager, Craig MacTavish and Head Amateur Scout, Stu MacGregor. This year's draft will take place on June 30 in Newark, New Jersey with the Edmonton Oilers holding to the seventh pick overall.




It's the third and final day of the fitness testing. Stay tuned throughout the day as we'll be providing live updates, audio, video and more.

In case you missed it...
One-on-one with Head Amateur Scout Stu MacGregor
( Audio | Video)
One-on-one with General Manager Craig MacTavish ( Audio | Video)


Group 1 Interviews
Mason Geertsen
Mason Geertsen spent three years with the Edmonton Oil Kings, putting up seven points in 49 games before being traded to the Vancouver Giants for David Musil.

"It definitely opened my eyes to playing a lot more and having a bigger role on the team. Being on a team in the rebuilding stage and being part of that rebuilding stage is pretty good."

"When I first got there, I took on a bigger role than I was used to and they definitely relied on me a lot more than I was relied on in Edmonton."

With the Giants, Geertsen played 58 games and had two goals and ten points. The 6-foot-4, 203 lbs defenseman is currently ranked 59th in the NHL Central Scouting report.

"I spoke with 13 teams and it was kind of overwhelming when I first got here but once I got into the groove of it and a little more comfortable in the room,  it went by really good."

"I spoke with the Oilers. It was a good meeting, it was kind of different knowing Kevin Lowe. It was more of a talk instead of a formal situation instead."

"I think it's going to be more anticipation of where I'm going to go and who's going to take me."

Group 2 Interviews
Elias Lindholm
Elias Lindholm spent the last two  seasons in European with the Brynas IF Gavle where he had eleven goals and 30 points. Last season, he was third on the team in points with 30, led the team in powerplay goals with eight and only took one minor penalty all season.

"It's been a lot of fun."

"I played with good players and got a lot of good advice form a lot of coaches so it's been a lot of fun and a great experience. You learn something new about something everyday."

Lindholm is currently ranked third for European skaters on the NHL Central Scouting report.

It's been a lot of fun. I met all new people, seeing how their club work and hearing about their thing and it's been a lot of fun

"Hopefully the scouts and NHL scouts see that and see that I'm a good player."

When asked out his NHL readiness, Lindholm believes he needs one more year to improve.

"Tough question. I've got one more year on my contract and my plans are to stay one more year. Then we'll see what's happening and I'll see if I'm ready or what's happen."

"I have to fix my strength and also my skating. I want to be faster and win one-on-one instead of trying to get around them and not always dangle them or something like that and also my shot, I have to improve."
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