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Sharpen Up: June 5, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The NHL Scouting Combine rolled through Buffalo this past week and wrapped up on Saturday with the final day of fitness testing for the top prospects of the 2017 NHL Draft. was on the scene. Here's what you need to know.

Brian Duff has your video recap here, which includes some interviews with the projected Top 2 picks (Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier) as well as Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting:

Video: 2017 NHL Scouting Combine Recap

And Jourdon LaBarber talked to some other prospects about what the week was like for them. Not only did the prospects undergo physical testing, but they had the opportunity to interview with teams. 

What made the interview with Buffalo stand out more to some prospects? Who said they met with Buffalo? Who grew up a Sabres fan? Check it all out in the Combine recap. 

What did those prospects have to go through? Lauren Hall and Jason Jerome of IMPACT Sports Performance walked through each station:

Video: By The Numbers: NHL Scouting Combine 

Who crushed the testing? From

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.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: 2017 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas fitness testing results.Top 25 scorers from each test: #NHLCombine

The Top 25 finishers in each test can be found here.

On tap this week (and throughout the month)

As we mentioned, our Draft Coverage, presented by New Era, begins today when we begin to unveil Kris Baker of's Top 31 prospects eligible for this year's draft. We'll also have a notebook from Jourdon.

Over the course of the week, we'll share with you some 1-on-1 interviews Brian Duff did with a few top prospects, a recap of the NHL Fan Centennial Arena from Lauren and a few other surprises that you won't want to miss.

We have a lot planned for you as we inch closer to the NHL Draft.  

Sharpen Up will return on Monday. with more draft coverage and other news and notes you need.

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