NHL Combine 2014: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

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NHL Combine 2014: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects
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While many NHL fans have their eyes tuned to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the next batch of stars is preparing for the upcoming NHL draft.

The scouting combine features about 100 of the top prospects in the sport going through various fitness tests as teams look to see which players are in shape. While it is still important to prove yourself in games, this event can certainly cause prospects to rise or fall on draft boards.

On the other hand, the pressure is also on the scouts to deliver for their teams, as noted by SportsNet:

This makes it an important event from both sides. Still, the prospects are the ones with their faces in the spotlight. Here is a look at the latest results from those in attendance with a breakdown of the top players involved in the process:

2014 NHL Scouting Combine List
First Name Last Name Pos Height Weight
SEBASTIAN AHO D 5'9.25" 165
MICHAEL AMADIO C 6'1.0" 190
NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL RW 5'11.0" 187
DANIEL AUDETTE C 5'8.0" 175
IVAN BARBASHEV C/LW 6'0.0" 180
GAVIN BAYREUTHER D 6'0.5" 195
SAMUEL BENNETT C 6'0.25" 178
TYLER BIRD RW 6'1.5" 200
CLARK BISHOP C 5'11.5" 182
CONNER BLEACKLEY C 6'0.25" 192
MICHAEL BUNTING LW 5'11.0" 174
CONNOR CHATHAM RW 6'2.0" 222
BLAKE CLARKE LW 6'1.0" 196
RYAN COLLINS D 6'5.0" 202
ERIC CORNEL C 6'1.5" 186
MICHAEL DAL COLLE LW 6'1.5" 182
CHASE DE LEO C 5'9.0" 178
ANTHONY DEANGELO D 5'10.5" 175
THATCHER DEMKO G 6'3.75" 192
RYAN DONATO C 6'0.25" 174
JACK DOUGHERTY D 6'1.0" 186
LEON DRAISAITL C 6'1.5" 204
REID DUKE C 5'11.5" 189
CHRISTIAN DVORAK LW 6'0.25" 178
NIKOLAJ EHLERS LW 5'11.0" 162
SHANE EISERMAN C/LW 6'1.5" 200
AARON EKBLAD D 6'3.5" 216
ROBERT FABBRI C 5'10.25" 170
KEVIN FIALA LW 5'10.0" 180
HAYDN FLEURY D 6'2.5" 203
WARREN FOEGELE LW 6'0.75" 178
RYAN FOSS C/LW 6'3.0" 183
REID GARDINER C/RW 5'10.5" 183
MILES GENDRON D 6'1.5" 181
SHANE GERSICH C/LW 5'11.0" 175
JACK GLOVER D 6'3.25" 190
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN RW 5'11.75" 178
BRANDON HALVERSON G 6'3.5" 176
JAYCE HAWRYLUK C 5'10.25" 190
AARON HAYDON D 6'2.5" 197
BRANDON HICKEY D 6'1.5" 177
JOSHUA HO-SANG C/RW 5'11.0" 175
JULIUS HONKA D 5'10.75" 180
VILLE HUSSO G 6'3.0" 205
MATHESON IACOPELLI RW 6'1.5" 192
AARON IRVING D 6'0.5" 185
KEEGAN IVERSON C/RW 6'0.75" 219
JOSHUA JACOBS D 6'1.75" 193
JONAS JOHANSSON G 6'3.75" 198
EMIL JOHANSSON D 5'11.75" 194
KAAPO KAHKONEN G 6'1.5" 209
VLADISLAV KAMENEV LW 6'2.0" 203
KASPERI KAPANEN RW 6'0.0" 181
VACLAV KARABACEK RW 5'11.75" 196
ANTON KARLSSON RW 6'1.25" 187
ONDREJ KASE RW 6'0.0" 165
ADRIAN KEMPE LW 6'1.5" 187
JUHO LAMMIKKO RW 6'2.5" 189
DYLAN LARKIN C 6'0.75" 190
OLIVIER LEBLANC D 5'11.5" 157
BRENDAN LEMIEUX LW 6'0.25" 206
BRETT LERNOUT D 6'4.0" 206
JADEN LINDO RW 6'1.0" 201
DARBY LLEWELLYN LW 6'0.5" 176
RYAN MACINNIS C 6'3.25" 183
JOHNATHAN MACLEOD D 6'1.5" 200
NICHOLAS MAGYAR RW 6'1.75" 194
RYAN MANTHA D 6'4.5" 225
BRYCEN MARTIN D 6'1.75" 195
DOMINIK MASIN D 6'2.0" 189
JARED MCCANN C 6'0.25" 179
MASON MCDONALD G 6'4.0" 178
ROLAND MCKEOWN D 6'0.75" 195
JACOB MIDDLETON D 6'2.75" 200
SONNY MILANO LW 5'11.5" 183
EDWIN MINNEY G 6'4.25" 191
MATTHEW MISTELE LW 6'1.5" 190
BRENT MORAN G 6'3.5" 186
JULIEN NANTEL C/LW 6'0.0" 193
ALEX NEDELJKOVIC G 5'11.75" 190
NELSON NOGIER D 6'2.25" 191
WILLIAM NYLANDER C/RW 5'11.0" 169
ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON D 6'4.0" 209
DAVID PASTRNAK RW 6'0.0" 167
JULIEN PELLETIER LW 5'11.0" 177
ALEXIS PEPIN LW 6'2.5" 218
BRENDAN PERLINI LW 6'2.75" 205
FRANCIS PERRON LW 5'11.5" 166
THOMAS (CHASE) PERRY G 6'2.5" 189
ALEXANDER PETERS D 6'3.25" 207
MARCUS PETTERSSON D 6'4.0" 167
AUSTIN POGANSKI RW 6'1.25" 198
BRAYDEN POINT C 5'9.75" 160
BRETT POLLOCK LW 6'2.0" 182
JOHN QUENNEVILLE C 6'0.5" 182
SAM REINHART C 6'0.75" 185
NICHOLAS RITCHIE LW 6'2.25" 226
DYLAN SADOWY LW 5'11.75" 183
TRAVIS SANHEIM D 6'3.0" 181
NIKITA SCHERBAK RW 6'1.0" 175
NICK SCHMALTZ C 5'11.5" 172
ALEX SCHOENBORN RW 6'0.5" 196
BLAKE SIEBENALER D 6'0.5" 192
MITCHEL SLATTERY LW 5'11.5" 185
HUNTER SMITH RW 6'6.5" 208
LUC SNUGGERUD D 6'0.25" 180
STEVEN SPINNER RW 5'11.5" 196
BEAU STARRETT C/LW 6'4.75" 197
BEN THOMAS D 6'1.0" 190
VLADIMIR TKACHEV LW 5'9.0" 141
ALEX TUCH RW 6'3.5" 213
DOMINIC TURGEON C 6'1.75" 198
ALEXIS VANIER D 6'4.5" 215
JAKE VIRTANEN RW 6'0.75" 208
JAKUB VRANA LW/RW 5'11.0" 185
JAKE WALMAN D 6'0.5" 170
SPENCER WATSON RW 5'9.75" 170
JOSH WESLEY D 6'2.5" 194
BLAKE WEYRICK G 6'3.0" 203

via NHL.com

2014 NHL Combine Results - Top 10 in Each Test
Mean Power Output
Pos. Name Watts/KG
1 WILLIAM NYLANDER 11.6
2 KASPERI KAPANEN 11.3
3 JAYCE HAWRYLUK 11.3
4 NICK SCHMALTZ 11.1
5 ONDREJ KASE 11.1
6 BLAKE SIEBENALER 11.0
7 DYLAN SADOWY 11.0
8 SHANE GERSICH 11.0
9 MILES GENDRON 10.9
10 RYAN MACINNIS 10.9
Fatigue Index
Pos. Name Total
1 CHRISTIAN DVORAK 37.3
2 ALEX NEDELJKOVIC 39.6
3 MATHESON IACOPELLI 40.8
4 VILLE HUSSO 40.9
5 JULIEN NANTEL 40.9
6 SONNY MILANO 42.9
7 ROLAND MCKEOWN 43.4
8 MATTHEW MISTELE 43.6
9 DYLAN SADOWY 44.0
10 JACK GLOVER 44.4
VO2MAX
Pos. Name ML/KG/Min
1 MICHAEL BUNTING 67.4
2 DARBY LLEWELLYN 65.8
3 DYLAN SADOWY 64.0
4 ALEX SCHOENBORN 63.2
5 JOSH WESLEY 62.5
6 BRAYDEN POINT 62.4
7 MARCUS PETTERSSON 62.2
8 DYLAN LARKIN 61.9
9 BRANDON HICKEY 61.9
10 BRYCEN MARTIN 61.6
Hand-Eye Test
Pos. Name Total
1 SHANE GERSICH 12.3
2 NELSON NOGIER 14.2
3 NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL 14.4
4 WILLIAM NYLANDER 14.7
5 REID DUKE 14.9
6 BRANDON HICKEY 14.9
7 FRANCIS PERRON 14.9
8 DOMINIK MASIN 15.1
9 JONAS JOHANSSON 15.3
10 STEVEN SPINNER 15.5
Standing Long Jump
Pos. Name Inches
1 SHANE GERSICH 118.0
2 BRANDON HICKEY 115.0
3 MATHESON IACOPELLI 114.5
4 BRETT LERNOUT 113.0
5 WARREN FOEGELE 113.0
6 JONAS JOHANSSON 113.0
7 CONNER BLEACKLEY 112.0
8 ADRIAN KEMPE 111.5
9 JAYCE HAWRYLUK 111.0
10 BRANDON HALVERSON 110.0
Vertek Vert Jump
Pos. Name Inches
1 SHANE GERSICH 35.5
2 LUC SNUGGERUD 33.0
3 CONNOR CHATHAM 32.5
4 BRETT LERNOUT 31.5
5 MILES GENDRON 31.5
6 STEVEN SPINNER 31.0
7 ALEXANDER PETERS 30.5
8 BRENDAN PERLINI 30.0
9 WARREN FOEGELE 29.5
10 JARED MCCANN 29.5
Leg Power Average
Pos. Name Watts
1 BRETT LERNOUT 2037
2 CONNOR CHATHAM 1974
3 NICHOLAS RITCHIE 1764
4 ALEXANDER PETERS 1754
5 BRENDAN PERLINI 1730
6 AARON EKBLAD 1723
7 ALEX TUCH 1695
8 RYAN MANTHA 1692
9 JACOB MIDDLETON 1690
10 BLAKE SIEBENALER 1680
Leg Peak Power
Pos. Name Watts
1 CONNOR CHATHAM 7508
2 BRETT LERNOUT 6936
3 SHANE GERSICH 6884
4 ALEXANDER PETERS 6824
5 LUC SNUGGERUD 6740
6 BRENDAN PERLINI 6724
7 STEVEN SPINNER 6579
8 BLAKE SIEBENALER 6515
9 NICHOLAS RITCHIE 6470
10 MILES GENDRON 6470
4 Jump Mat
Pos. Name Seconds
1 JOHN QUENNEVILLE 0.23
2 BRENDAN LEMIEUX 0.25
3 MILES GENDRON 0.26
4 CHASE DE LEO 0.27
5 MICHAEL DAL COLLE 0.27
6 JONAS JOHANSSON 0.28
7 MATHESON IACOPELLI 0.31
8 JAYCE HAWRYLUK 0.31
9 JOSHUA JACOBS 0.31
10 ALEXANDER PETERS 0.32
Bench Press
Pos. Name 150 LBS Reps
1 JULIEN PELLETIER 19
2 SHANE EISERMAN 18
3 CONNOR CHATHAM 18
4 JADEN LINDO 17
5 BRETT LERNOUT 17
6 ALEX TUCH 17
7 JACOB MIDDLETON 15
8 ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON 15
9 BRENDAN LEMIEUX 14
10 JAYCE HAWRYLUK 14
Pull-Ups
Pos. Name Total
1 JOSHUA HO-SANG 13
2 BRETT LERNOUT 12
3 JAYCE HAWRYLUK 12
4 ALEXANDER PETERS 12
5 DAVID PASTRNAK 12
6 ANTHONY DEANGELO 11
7 CHASE DE LEO 11
8 MATHESON IACOPELLI 11
9 SONNY MILANO 11
10 FRANCIS PERRON 11
Left Hex Agility
Pos. Name Seconds
1 RYAN DONATO 3.00
2 RYAN COLLINS 3.01
3 DYLAN SADOWY 3.04
4 TRAVIS SANHEIM 3.04
5 JACK GLOVER 3.23
6 CHASE DE LEO 3.25
7 ERIC CORNEL 3.32
8 SONNY MILANO 3.36
9 AUSTIN POGANSKI 3.36
10 NICK SCHMALTZ 3.37
Right Hex Agility
Pos. Name Seconds
1 HAYDN FLEURY 3.00
2 REID DUKE 3.21
3 KASPERI KAPANEN 3.23
4 SAM REINHART 3.23
5 BRYCEN MARTIN 3.31
6 OLIVIER LEBLANC 3.35
7 CHASE DE LEO 3.36
8 DANIEL AUDETTE 3.36
9 BRENDAN LEMIEUX 3.38
10 ANTHONY DEANGELO 3.39

via NHL.com

 

Top Prospects

Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman

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When looking at players who can contribute immediately, you have to believe Aaron Ekblad is a top option.

The defenseman has good size at over 6'3" with the instincts to always be in good position around the puck. He is also a quality scorer from the back line. These are things that could make him the top overall pick of the 2014 draft. 

Ekblad already has the support from a number of scouts, according to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun:

Additionally, the young player is looking forward to playing as soon as possible, as he explained to TSN 1050 Toronto:

With loads of talent and the confidence to go with it, Ekblad could end up being a valuable pick this summer.

 

Samuel Bennett, Center

Those who watched Samuel Bennett compete have to come away impressed. He has tremendous offensive skill that allows him to be a consistent scorer and distributor, helping out any team he plays for.

With his speed and quickness, he has the upside of being one of the top point scorers in the NHL. He already showed he can dominate the Ontario Hockey League with 91 points in 57 games.

Unfortunately, the combine did not go quite according to plan. While he does have decent endurance, the lack of upper-body strength was quite noticeable when he failed to complete a single pullup

Bennett does not think this will be a big issue, telling Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com, "My upper body isn't really my strong suit. I was disappointed in myself; I always want to do the best I can in every test but I guess ultimately games aren't won or lost if you can do a pull-up in the gym. So I'm not too worried about it."

There are obviously more important things to judge a hockey player on than his ability in a gym, but there might end up being concerns about his ability to hold up physically at the highest level of the sport.

At the very least, you can expect him to need some time to add weight before being able to contribute in the NHL.

 

Sam Reinhart, Center

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Few players in this draft project to be as much of an offensive force as Sam Reinhart. As soon as he steps onto the ice for an NHL team, he will contribute as an assist machine.

The WHL star has great vision with impressive passing ability that will allow him to create plenty of opportunities for teammates.

He has also already proved himself at a high level, competing in training camp with the Canadian national team. Dave Tippett, coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and Team Canada, explained that Reinhart impressed in this situation, via Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press (h/t The Vancouver Sun):

He didn’t look out of place. He carried himself like a pro player. He picked up the things we were trying to do in the drills very well. The biggest thing you could tell — and it’s probably a little bit because of his upbringing — he wasn’t intimidated by the situation at all and just jumped in there and played.

Reinhart also looked comfortable in the dreaded bike test at the combine:

The center might not be among the strongest players in the draft, but he is solid enough to hold his own and should be able to succeed at the next level.

 

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