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

TORONTO - CANADA - MAY 29:  Sam Reinhart performs a test during the Functional Movement screening at the NHL Combine May 29, 2014 at the Westin Bristol in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2014

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 NameLast NamePosHeightWeight
SEBASTIANAHOD5'9.25"165
MICHAELAMADIOC6'1.0"190
NICOLASAUBE-KUBELRW5'11.0"187
DANIELAUDETTEC5'8.0"175
IVANBARBASHEVC/LW6'0.0"180
GAVINBAYREUTHERD6'0.5"195
SAMUELBENNETTC6'0.25"178
TYLERBIRDRW6'1.5"200
CLARKBISHOPC5'11.5"182
CONNERBLEACKLEYC6'0.25"192
MICHAELBUNTINGLW5'11.0"174
CONNORCHATHAMRW6'2.0"222
BLAKECLARKELW6'1.0"196
RYANCOLLINSD6'5.0"202
ERICCORNELC6'1.5"186
MICHAELDAL COLLELW6'1.5"182
CHASEDE LEOC5'9.0"178
ANTHONYDEANGELOD5'10.5"175
THATCHERDEMKOG6'3.75"192
RYANDONATOC6'0.25"174
JACKDOUGHERTYD6'1.0"186
LEONDRAISAITLC6'1.5"204
REIDDUKEC5'11.5"189
CHRISTIANDVORAKLW6'0.25"178
NIKOLAJEHLERSLW5'11.0"162
SHANEEISERMANC/LW6'1.5"200
AARONEKBLADD6'3.5"216
ROBERTFABBRIC5'10.25"170
KEVINFIALALW5'10.0"180
HAYDNFLEURYD6'2.5"203
WARRENFOEGELELW6'0.75"178
RYANFOSSC/LW6'3.0"183
REIDGARDINERC/RW5'10.5"183
MILESGENDROND6'1.5"181
SHANEGERSICHC/LW5'11.0"175
JACKGLOVERD6'3.25"190
NIKOLAYGOLDOBINRW5'11.75"178
BRANDONHALVERSONG6'3.5"176
JAYCEHAWRYLUKC5'10.25"190
AARONHAYDOND6'2.5"197
BRANDONHICKEYD6'1.5"177
JOSHUAHO-SANGC/RW5'11.0"175
JULIUSHONKAD5'10.75"180
VILLEHUSSOG6'3.0"205
MATHESONIACOPELLIRW6'1.5"192
AARONIRVINGD6'0.5"185
KEEGANIVERSONC/RW6'0.75"219
JOSHUAJACOBSD6'1.75"193
JONASJOHANSSONG6'3.75"198
EMILJOHANSSOND5'11.75"194
KAAPOKAHKONENG6'1.5"209
VLADISLAVKAMENEVLW6'2.0"203
KASPERIKAPANENRW6'0.0"181
VACLAVKARABACEKRW5'11.75"196
ANTONKARLSSONRW6'1.25"187
ONDREJKASERW6'0.0"165
ADRIANKEMPELW6'1.5"187
JUHOLAMMIKKORW6'2.5"189
DYLANLARKINC6'0.75"190
OLIVIERLEBLANCD5'11.5"157
BRENDANLEMIEUXLW6'0.25"206
BRETTLERNOUTD6'4.0"206
JADENLINDORW6'1.0"201
DARBYLLEWELLYNLW6'0.5"176
RYANMACINNISC6'3.25"183
JOHNATHANMACLEODD6'1.5"200
NICHOLASMAGYARRW6'1.75"194
RYANMANTHAD6'4.5"225
BRYCENMARTIND6'1.75"195
DOMINIKMASIND6'2.0"189
JAREDMCCANNC6'0.25"179
MASONMCDONALDG6'4.0"178
ROLANDMCKEOWND6'0.75"195
JACOBMIDDLETOND6'2.75"200
SONNYMILANOLW5'11.5"183
EDWINMINNEYG6'4.25"191
MATTHEWMISTELELW6'1.5"190
BRENTMORANG6'3.5"186
JULIENNANTELC/LW6'0.0"193
ALEXNEDELJKOVICG5'11.75"190
NELSONNOGIERD6'2.25"191
WILLIAMNYLANDERC/RW5'11.0"169
ADAMOLLAS MATTSSOND6'4.0"209
DAVIDPASTRNAKRW6'0.0"167
JULIENPELLETIERLW5'11.0"177
ALEXISPEPINLW6'2.5"218
BRENDANPERLINILW6'2.75"205
FRANCISPERRONLW5'11.5"166
THOMAS (CHASE)PERRYG6'2.5"189
ALEXANDERPETERSD6'3.25"207
MARCUSPETTERSSOND6'4.0"167
AUSTINPOGANSKIRW6'1.25"198
BRAYDENPOINTC5'9.75"160
BRETTPOLLOCKLW6'2.0"182
JOHNQUENNEVILLEC6'0.5"182
SAMREINHARTC6'0.75"185
NICHOLASRITCHIELW6'2.25"226
DYLANSADOWYLW5'11.75"183
TRAVISSANHEIMD6'3.0"181
NIKITASCHERBAKRW6'1.0"175
NICKSCHMALTZC5'11.5"172
ALEXSCHOENBORNRW6'0.5"196
BLAKESIEBENALERD6'0.5"192
MITCHELSLATTERYLW5'11.5"185
HUNTERSMITHRW6'6.5"208
LUCSNUGGERUDD6'0.25"180
STEVENSPINNERRW5'11.5"196
BEAUSTARRETTC/LW6'4.75"197
BENTHOMASD6'1.0"190
VLADIMIRTKACHEVLW5'9.0"141
ALEXTUCHRW6'3.5"213
DOMINICTURGEONC6'1.75"198
ALEXISVANIERD6'4.5"215
JAKEVIRTANENRW6'0.75"208
JAKUBVRANALW/RW5'11.0"185
JAKEWALMAND6'0.5"170
SPENCERWATSONRW5'9.75"170
JOSHWESLEYD6'2.5"194
BLAKEWEYRICKG6'3.0"203
via NHL.com
2014 NHL Combine Results - Top 10 in Each Test
Mean Power Output
Pos.NameWatts/KG
1WILLIAM NYLANDER11.6
2KASPERI KAPANEN11.3
3JAYCE HAWRYLUK11.3
4NICK SCHMALTZ11.1
5ONDREJ KASE11.1
6BLAKE SIEBENALER11.0
7DYLAN SADOWY11.0
8SHANE GERSICH11.0
9MILES GENDRON10.9
10RYAN MACINNIS10.9
Fatigue Index
Pos.NameTotal
1CHRISTIAN DVORAK37.3
2ALEX NEDELJKOVIC39.6
3MATHESON IACOPELLI40.8
4VILLE HUSSO40.9
5JULIEN NANTEL40.9
6SONNY MILANO42.9
7ROLAND MCKEOWN43.4
8MATTHEW MISTELE43.6
9DYLAN SADOWY44.0
10JACK GLOVER44.4
VO2MAX
Pos.NameML/KG/Min
1MICHAEL BUNTING67.4
2DARBY LLEWELLYN65.8
3DYLAN SADOWY64.0
4ALEX SCHOENBORN63.2
5JOSH WESLEY62.5
6BRAYDEN POINT62.4
7MARCUS PETTERSSON62.2
8DYLAN LARKIN61.9
9BRANDON HICKEY61.9
10BRYCEN MARTIN61.6
Hand-Eye Test
Pos.NameTotal
1SHANE GERSICH12.3
2NELSON NOGIER14.2
3NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL14.4
4WILLIAM NYLANDER14.7
5REID DUKE14.9
6BRANDON HICKEY14.9
7FRANCIS PERRON14.9
8DOMINIK MASIN15.1
9JONAS JOHANSSON15.3
10STEVEN SPINNER15.5
Standing Long Jump
Pos.NameInches
1SHANE GERSICH118.0
2BRANDON HICKEY115.0
3MATHESON IACOPELLI114.5
4BRETT LERNOUT113.0
5WARREN FOEGELE113.0
6JONAS JOHANSSON113.0
7CONNER BLEACKLEY112.0
8ADRIAN KEMPE111.5
9JAYCE HAWRYLUK111.0
10BRANDON HALVERSON110.0
Vertek Vert Jump
Pos.NameInches
1SHANE GERSICH35.5
2LUC SNUGGERUD33.0
3CONNOR CHATHAM32.5
4BRETT LERNOUT31.5
5MILES GENDRON31.5
6STEVEN SPINNER31.0
7ALEXANDER PETERS30.5
8BRENDAN PERLINI30.0
9WARREN FOEGELE29.5
10JARED MCCANN29.5
Leg Power Average
Pos.NameWatts
1BRETT LERNOUT2037
2CONNOR CHATHAM1974
3NICHOLAS RITCHIE1764
4ALEXANDER PETERS1754
5BRENDAN PERLINI1730
6AARON EKBLAD1723
7ALEX TUCH1695
8RYAN MANTHA1692
9JACOB MIDDLETON1690
10BLAKE SIEBENALER1680
Leg Peak Power
Pos.NameWatts
1CONNOR CHATHAM7508
2BRETT LERNOUT6936
3SHANE GERSICH6884
4ALEXANDER PETERS6824
5LUC SNUGGERUD6740
6BRENDAN PERLINI6724
7STEVEN SPINNER6579
8BLAKE SIEBENALER6515
9NICHOLAS RITCHIE6470
10MILES GENDRON6470
4 Jump Mat
Pos.NameSeconds
1JOHN QUENNEVILLE0.23
2BRENDAN LEMIEUX0.25
3MILES GENDRON0.26
4CHASE DE LEO0.27
5MICHAEL DAL COLLE0.27
6JONAS JOHANSSON0.28
7MATHESON IACOPELLI0.31
8JAYCE HAWRYLUK0.31
9JOSHUA JACOBS0.31
10ALEXANDER PETERS0.32
Bench Press
Pos.Name150 LBS Reps
1JULIEN PELLETIER19
2SHANE EISERMAN18
3CONNOR CHATHAM18
4JADEN LINDO17
5BRETT LERNOUT17
6ALEX TUCH17
7JACOB MIDDLETON15
8ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON15
9BRENDAN LEMIEUX14
10JAYCE HAWRYLUK14
Pull-Ups
Pos.NameTotal
1JOSHUA HO-SANG13
2BRETT LERNOUT12
3JAYCE HAWRYLUK12
4ALEXANDER PETERS12
5DAVID PASTRNAK12
6ANTHONY DEANGELO11
7CHASE DE LEO11
8MATHESON IACOPELLI11
9SONNY MILANO11
10FRANCIS PERRON11
Left Hex Agility
Pos.NameSeconds
1RYAN DONATO3.00
2RYAN COLLINS3.01
3DYLAN SADOWY3.04
4TRAVIS SANHEIM3.04
5JACK GLOVER3.23
6CHASE DE LEO3.25
7ERIC CORNEL3.32
8SONNY MILANO3.36
9AUSTIN POGANSKI3.36
10NICK SCHMALTZ3.37
Right Hex Agility
Pos.NameSeconds
1HAYDN FLEURY3.00
2REID DUKE3.21
3KASPERI KAPANEN3.23
4SAM REINHART3.23
5BRYCEN MARTIN3.31
6OLIVIER LEBLANC3.35
7CHASE DE LEO3.36
8DANIEL AUDETTE3.36
9BRENDAN LEMIEUX3.38
10ANTHONY DEANGELO3.39
via NHL.com

 

Top Prospects

Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman

TORONTO - CANADA - MAY 31: Aaron Ekblad does the bench press during the NHL Combine testing May 31, 2014 at the Westin Bristol in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)
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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

TORONTO - CANADA - MAY 31: Sam Reinhart checks his wingspan during the NHL Combine testing May 31, 2014 at the Westin Bristol in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)
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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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