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NHL Combine Testing results

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

With the NHL Scouting Combine in the books, we now have a better idea of who stood out as far as physical specimens go among the current draft crop.

It’s worth repeating that these don’t quite hold the same function of an event like the NFL combine which can have a massive impact on a player’s draft stock. The NHL scouting combine is stocked with 18-year-old kids who have just completed full seasons with not much of a break to recover and regain strength. Players who went on very deep (Memorial Cup) runs sat out, for the most part, for that very reason.

Physically it is very, very difficult to show off your best output.

Many will recall Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers posted underwhelming numbers in his combine testing one week after winning a Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Things have worked out just fine for him one year into his career as a Calder Trophy finalist.

At the very least, these numbers are a fun talking point. At the most, they’re an eye-opening moment for players who perhaps haven’t had an opportunity to show off their physical ability to its fullest in their situation.

Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves accordingly.

Here are the top five finishes in each physical test:

Peak Power Output:

1. Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL), 15.8 watts/kilogram;

2. Shea Theodore, Seattle (WHL), 15.8;

3. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland (WHL), 14.9;

4 (tie). Jeremy Gregoire, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) and Yan Pavel Laplante, PEI (QMJHL), 14.9

VO2 Max Test Duration:

1. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 14:30;

2. Chris Bigras, Owen Sound (OHL), 14:30;

3. Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL), 14:00;

4. Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS (FIN), 14:00;

5 (tie). Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current, Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL) and Bo Horvat, London (OHL), 14:00

Yuhasz Body Fat percentage:

1. Adam Tambellini, Surrey (BCHL), 5.0;

2. Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL), 5.4;

3. Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 7.3;

4. Jan Kostalek, Rimouski (QMJHL), 7.3;

5. Zachary Sanford, Islanders (EJHL), 7.4

Wing Span:

1 (tie). Seth Jones, Portland (WHL) and Jonathan Ismael-Diaby, Victoriaville (QMJHL), 81.0 inches;

3. Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL), 80.5;

4. Michael McCarron, USA U-18 (USHL), 79.5;

5 (tie). Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL), Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) and Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL), 79.0

Vertek Vertical Jump with Pause:

1 (tie). Remi Elie, London (OHL), Eamon McAdam, Waterloo (USHL) and Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 28.5 inches;

4 (tie). Nicholas Baptiste, Sudbury (OHL) and Thomas Vannelli, Minnetonka (HIGH-MN), 28.0

Standing Long Jump:

1. Zach Nastasiuk, Owen Sound (OHL), 117.0 inches;

2. Jacob de la Rose, Leksand (SWE), 115.0;

3. Justin Bailey, Kitchener (OHL), 114.0;

4. Spenser Jensen, Medicine Hat (WHL), 112.5;

5. Linus Arnesson, Djurgarden (SWE), 111.5

Right-hand Grip:

1. Hudson Fasching, USA U-18 (USHL), 169 pounds;

2. Remi Elie, London (OHL), 167;

3. William Carrier, Cape Breton (QMJHL), 155;

4. Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 154;

5. Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), 152

Left-hand Grip:

1. Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL), 166 pounds;

2. Remi Elie, London (OHL), 158;

3. Hudson Fasching, USA U-18 (USHL), 154;

4 (tie). Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), Jeremy Gregoire, Baie-Comeau, 151

Bench Press:

1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat, 16;

2 (tie). Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), and Dylan Labbe, Shawinigan (QMJHL), 15;

4 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Mason Geertsen, Vancouver (WHL), 14


1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat (WHL), 42; Jan Kostalek, Rimouski (QMJHL), 37;

3 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Nicolas Petan, Portland (WHL), 36;

5 (tie). Connor Hurley, Edina (HIGH-MN), and Juuse Saros, HPK Jr. (FIN-JR), 34

Push Strength:

1. Tyler Lewington, Medicine Hat (WHL), 341 pounds;

2. Viktor Crus Rydberg, Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR), 307;

3. Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL), 296;

4 (tie). John Hayden, USA U-18 (USHL), and Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL), 294;

Pull Strength:

1. Viktor Crus Rydberg, Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR), 344 pounds;

2. Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), 311;

3. Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 307;

4. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL), 305;

5. Mason Geertsen, Vancouver (WHL), 302

Upper Body Power 4 KG Ball:

1. Nick Moutrey, Saginaw (OHL), 246 inches;

2. Michael McCarron, USA U-18 (USHL), 241;

3. Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL), 232;

4. Bogdan Yakimov, Nizhnekamsk 2 (RUS-JR), 230;

5. Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL), 227

With these numbers in hand, we have a better concept of how some of these players are composed physically, though many prospects can make or break their draft depending on how their in-person interviews went. Unfortunately, there are no public scores for those. Until we have those one day, these physical tests will have to do.

We'll see who the risers/fallers are come June 30 and if any of them line up with great scores above.

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