NHL Combine 2015: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2015

Connor McDavid finishes his bench press during the NHL Combine Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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With the June 26 NHL draft on the horizon, the best prospects in hockey converged on Buffalo, New York, this week to take part in the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter.

While much of the prospects' time was spent interviewing with teams and undergoing medical testing, Saturday featured the bulk of their physical workouts. From basic events like the bench press and vertical jump to more advanced tests to measure stamina and fatigue, all 30 NHL teams got an opportunity to see what the incoming players are capable of.

Along with a full rundown of measurements for combine invitees, here is a look at the top 10 results for the notable workouts, as well as further analysis regarding the performances of likely No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Combine Measurements

NHL Combine Height and Weight Measurements
PlayerPositionHeightWeight (Pounds)
Filip AhlF6'3.25"211
Sebastian AhoF5'11.25"172
Rasmus AnderssonD6'0"212
Karch BachmanF5'10.5"175
Mathew BarzalF5'11.25"175
Ethan BearD5'11"200
Anthony BeauvillierF5'10.25"173
Paul BittnerF6'4"204
MacKenzie BlackwoodG6'4"215
Brock BoeserF6'0.5"191
Nicholas BokaD6'0.25"197
Callum BoothG6'2.75"199
Gustav BourammanD5'11.25"184
Simon BourqueD6'0.25"184
Jeremy BraccoF5'9.25"173
Guillaume BriseboisD6'1.75"175
Kyle CapobiancoD6'1"178
Brandon CarloD6'5"196
Gabriel CarlssonD6'4"183
Erik CernakD6'3"203
Thomas ChabotD6'1.5"180
Filip ChlapikF6'1"196
Anthony CirelliF5'11.5"160
Kyle ConnorF6'1"177
David CottonF6'2.5"200
Lawson CrouseF6'4"215
Alexander DergachyovF6'4"200
Travis DermottD5'11.25"197
Samuel Dove-McFallsF6'2"207
Vince DunnD5'11.75"187
Jake DeBruskF5'11.75"174
Jack EichelF6'2"196
Joel Eriksson EkF6'1.75"180
Christian FischerF6'1"212
Erik FoleyF5'11.5"185
Jakob Forsbacka-KarlssonF6'0.75"190
Jesse GabrielleF5'10.75"205
Gabriel GagneF6'4.75"186
Glenn GawdinF6'0.5"191
Dennis GilbertD6'2.25"201
Jordan GreenwayF6'4.75"222
AJ GreerF6'2.5"204
Ryan GroppF6'2"187
Brendan GuhleD6'1.75"184
Denis GurianovF6'2.5"183
Noah HanifinD6'2.75"203
Jansen HarkinsF6'1.25"182
Adin HillG6'3.5"198
Roope HintzF6'2.5"185
Connor HobbsD6'0.5"187
Caleb JonesD5'11.75"194
Mathieu JosephF6.0.75"166
Noah JuulsenD6'1.5"174
David KaseF5'11"169
Kameron KiellyF6'0"180
Graham KnottF6'3.25"190
Keegan KolesarF6'1.25217
Travis KonecnyF5'9.75"175
Nikita KorostelevF6'1.25"195
Robin KovacsF6'0"172
Oliver KylingtonD6'0"180
Jacob LarssonD6'2"191
Jeremy LauzonD6'1.75"193
Justin LemckeD6'2.25"200
Jesper LindgrenD6'0"161
Jens LookeF6'0.5"180
John MarinoD6'0.5"171
Mitch MarnerF5'11"160
Cooper MarodyF6,0.25"173
Adam MarshF6'0"160
Chris MartenetD6'7"198
Hayden McCoolF6'3"200
Connor McDavidF6'0.75"195
Brett McKenzieF6'1.75"190
Timo MeierF6'1"209
Nicolas MelocheD6'2.5"204
Nicholas MerkleyF5'10.5"191
Samuel MontembeaultG6'2.5"173
Adam MusilF6'2.75"202
Julius NattinenF6'1.75"191
Andrew NielsenD6'3"207
Nathan NoelF5'10.75"172
Thomas NovakF6'0.5"179
Luke OpilkaG6'1"192
Chase PearsonF6'2"189
Ryan PilonD6'2"206
Ivan ProvorovD6'0.5"201
Mikko RantanenF6'3.5"211
Chaz ReddekoppD6'3.25"219
Anthony RichardF5'9.5"163
Jack RoslovicF6'0.5"182
Nicolas RoyF6'4"195
Jeremy RoyD6'0"188
Jack SadekD6'1.5"185
Ilya SamsonovG6'3"200
Felix SandstromG6'2"191
Thomas SchemitschD6'3"205
Zachary SenyshynF6'1"192
Deven SideroffF5'11"171
Jonas SiegenthalerD6'2.5"220
Tyler SoyF5'11.5"172
Michael SpacekF5'11"187
Blake SpeersF5'11"181
Matthew SpencerD6'1.5"203
Daniel SprongF6'0"180
Mitchell StephensF5'11.25"188
Dylan StromeF6'3"185
Evgeny SvechnikovF6'1.75"199
Matej TomekG6'2.5"180
Yakov TreninF6'1.75"194
Mitchell Vande SompelD5'10"182
Daniel VladarG6'5.25"185
Austin WagnerF6'1"178
Brendan WarrenF6'0.25"191
Zachary WerenskiD6'2"206
Colin WhiteF6'0"183
Parker WotherspoonD6'0.25"171
Dennis YanF6'1.25"184
Pavel ZachaF6'3"210
Jakub ZborilD6'0.75"184

Combine Test Results

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NHL Combine Results - Top 10 in Each Event
Aerobic Fitness: Test Duration
1Jack Eichel12:15
2Iakov Trenin12:15
3Keegan Kolesar12:01
4Joel Eriksson Ek12:00
5Paul Bittner12:00
6Nicolas Roy11:45
7MacKenzie Blackwood11:30
8Gabriel Carlsson11:30
9Chaz Reddekopp11:30
10Dennis Yan11:30
Aerobic Fitness: VO2max
1Matthew Spencer70.0
2Nicholas Boka69.9
3Joel Eriksson Ek68.6
4Brendan Warren66.6
5Kyle Capobianco66.6
6Jacob Larsson66.0
7Jesper Lindgren65.9
8Mathieu Joseph65.6
9Brock Boeser65.5
10Jansen Harkins65.2
Agility & Balance: Pro Agility Left
1Colin White4.34
2Blake Speers4.38
3Zachary Senyshyn4.42
4Karch Bachman4.43
5Connor McDavid4.43
6Tyler Soy4.46
7Brendan Guhle4.47
8Jack Eichel4.48
9Mitchell Stephens4.48
10Callum Booth4.5
Agility & Balance: Pro Agility Right
1Colin White4.21
2Jack Eichel4.24
3Blake Speers4.29
4Erik Foley4.38
5Karch Bachman4.39
6Brendan Guhle4.39
7Tyler Soy4.4
8Mathieu Joseph4.42
9Mathieu Joseph4.45
10Dylan Strome4.47
Anaerobic Fitness: Mean Power Output
1Jesse Gabrielle13.8
2Chaz Reddekopp12.5
3Graham Knott12.4
4Simon Bourque12.4
5Deven Sideroff12.2
6Karch Bachman12.2
7Mathieu Joseph12.0
8Ryan Gropp11.9
9Jesper Lindgren11.8
10Austin Wagner11.8
Anaerobic Fitness: Peak Power Output
1Brendan Guhle19.9
2Deven Sideroff19.5
3Austin Wagner19.4
4MacKenzie Blackwood19.2
5Karch Bachman19.1
6Graham Knott18.6
7Dennis Yan18.5
8Ryan Gropp18.2
9Brandon Carlo18.2
10Robin Kovacs17.9
Anaerobic Fitness: Fatigue Index
1Jesse Gabrielle26.4
2Mitch Marner39.1
3Thomas Novak42.2
4Nicolas Meloche42.7
5Nicholas Merkley43.4
6Samuel Dove-McFalls43.6
7Cooper Marody44.4
8Nathan Noel44.5
9Zachary Werenski46.5
10Anthony Cirelli48.1
Vertical Jump
1Austin Wagner28.74
2Ryan Gropp27.44
3MacKenzie Blackwood27.28
4Brendan Guhle26.77
5Jack Eichel26.18
6Colin White25
7Erik Foley24.64
8Thomas Chabot24.02
9Karch Bachman23.74
10Gustav Bouramman23.7
Bench Press (70-80% of Body Weight)
1Jesse Gabrielle20
2Erik Foley17
3Connor Hobbs17
4Jack Eichel16
5Travis Konecny16
6Evgeny Svechnikov16
7Brendan Guhle15
8Deven Sideroff15
9Kyle Connor15
10Noah Hanifin15
Pull-Ups Consecutive
1Dennis Yan14
2Travis Konecny13
3Erik Foley12
4Kyle Connor12
5Brendan Guhle12
6Nathan Noel12
7Brendan Warren12
8Jordan Greenway12
9Felix Sandstrom12
10Jesse Gabrielle11

Breaking Down Top Prospects

Connor McDavid

After consecutive dominant seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters, forward Connor McDavid is a shoo-in to be selected No. 1 overall by the Edmonton Oilers. His combine performance wasn't going to change that, but he still showed off his competitive spirit Saturday.

Although he was among the top performers in only a couple of drills, the Canadian phenom performed well. He didn't necessarily have to participate since Edmonton is seemingly locked in on him, but Josh Yohe of DKonPittsburghSports.com applauded him for doing so anyway:

Josh Yohe @JoshYohe_PGH

God bless McDavid for showing up at the combine. Talk about pointless. I think Edmonton was leaning in his direction anyway.

Here is a look at McDavid's results in some of the top workouts:

Connor McDavid's Combine Results
Standing Long Jump97.3"
Vertical Jump19.488"
Pro Agility Left4.43
Pro Agility Right4.53
Bench Press9
Wingate (Bike)17.49
VO2 (Bike)10:15

He did particularly well in the Wingate bike test, which measures a player's explosiveness. The NHL's official Twitter account provided a Vine of the prospective top pick going all out on the bike:


Connor McDavid is a pretty good athlete. 🚴 https://t.co/e5SN5QWuyc

The buildup toward the NHL draft has already been a long process, but the combine was one of the final steps. Per NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale, McDavid is excited about the prospect of finally getting his name called.

"It's been an exciting journey, and I'm surely looking forward to (draft day) getting here," McDavid said. "I know it's going to be a long couple of weeks. There's great anticipation for it, but I'm looking forward to experiencing it with my family and friends. It'll be a dream come true."

McDavid won't have to wait long before he finds out which team he'll be playing for. He is considered the best draft prospect since Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and perhaps one of the best ever.

His athleticism was on full display at the combine, and it will serve him well when he finally hits the ice for his first NHL game later this year.

Jack Eichel

While most analysts believe McDavid is the clear choice at No. 1, Jack Eichel isn't far behind. The rising American star dominated as a freshman at Boston University en route to winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player, and he dominated at the combine as well.

Eichel has long been viewed as a physical freak, and that was apparent in college as he took on older and more mature players. He also performed well against professionals in the World Hockey Championships as he helped Team USA nab a bronze medal.

McDavid and Eichel will be compared to each other throughout their careers, and that started at the combine, where the American was better in almost every workout, according to Sunaya Sapurji of Yahoo Sports:

Sunaya Sapurji @sunayas

Eichel beat McDavid in almost all of the combine tests except for the Wingate. McDavid's duration was 17.49 & Eichel's was 17.42.

Here is a more in-depth look at how Eichel fared in the key drills:

Jack Eichel's Combine Results
Standing Long Jump115"
Vertical Jump26.181"
Pro Agility Left4.48
Pro Agility Right4.24
Bench Press16
Wingate (Bike)17.42
VO2 (Bike)12:15

The Buffalo Sabres, who have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, have to be encouraged by what they saw as he backed up his play on the ice with the physical numbers that elite players often have.

Eichel is aware of where he is likely to land on draft night, and he had great things to say about his future home, according to Morreale.

"It was a great week," Eichel said. "I think it's a great experience. It was just another piece of the season and step toward the draft. I think Buffalo did a great job putting on this event and hats off to the Buffalo Sabres organization and everyone else involved."

While Saturday was all about working out, Eichel also turned heads in the interview process because of something he said to Sabres general manager Tim Murray, per Paul Hamilton of WGR 550:

Paul Hamilton @pham1717

Eichel told Tim Murray that he thinks he's the best player in the draft.

The combine doesn't tell the story of whether Eichel is a better prospect, but one can only assume that he entered Buffalo with a bit of a chip on his shoulder since he is considered second-best to McDavid.

He used that to his advantage, and he is in line to have a great career if he can continue to perform on the ice.

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