The NHL's annual Fitness and Medical Testing for draft-eligible prospects concluded this past weekend in Toronto. Over 90 players were on hand for interviews, fitness testing and medical examinations with all 30 NHL clubs.
Rangers brass met with nearly all of the prospects over a five day span, which Blueshirt Director of Player Personnel Tom Renney considered "time very well spent."
Each player interview lasts between 20 and 40 minutes and provides the teams with valuable insight and information that sometimes are obscured by on-ice performance.
"These meetings allow us to put a face with the name and a body to the uniform," noted Renney. "It gives each player a chance to show us how they carry themselves away from the rink since we've already seen what they can do on the ice."
Aside from personal interviews, each player is put through a rigorous strength and fitness test, as well as a medical test.
"We were very pleased with the way things went. Now it's time to gather all of our information and prepare for the Draft."