NHL Combine 2016 Results: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights, Top Prospects

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2016

FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo, United States' Auston Matthews, left, fights for the puck with Germany’s Torsten Ankert during a Hockey World Championships Group B match in St.Petersburg, Russia. Matthews spent the past year playing in Switzerland, where he established himself as the NHL's top-ranked draft prospect. Matthews is from Arizona and among more than 100 draft-eligible players taking part in the league's rookie combine in Buffalo. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
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The final day of the NHL combine in Buffalo, New York, tested the athleticism, strength and stamina of many of the top prospects who are vying to get selected high in the 2016 NHL draft. 

While several big names such as Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, Matthew Tkachuk and Olli Juolevi opted against taking part in drills Saturday, presumptive No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews went full bore, and likely top-five pick Jakob Chychrun turned some heads as well.

In addition to a closer look at how Matthews and Chychrun performed, here is a rundown of notable measurements and drill results. More comprehensive numbers are available at the NHL Central Scouting website.

Combine Measurements

Notable NHL Combine Height and Weight Measurements
PlayerHeightWeight (Pounds)
Vitaly Abramov5'9"175
Adam Fox5'10.75"185
Tim Gettinger6'5.75"200
Libor Hajek6'1.5"196
Simon Stransky5'11"185
Tage Thompson6'5.5"195
William Bitten5'10"167
Filip Hronek6'0"163
Lucas Johansen6'1.75"175
German Rubtsov6'0.5"190
Mikhail Sergachev6'2.25"221
Jake Bean6'0.75"173
Kale Clague5'11.75"184
Dillon Dube5'10.5"183
Samuel Girard5'9"160
Brett Howden6'2"190
Luke Kunin5'11.25"193
Pascal Laberge6'1"174
Maxime Lajoie6'0.5"180
Auston Matthews6'2.25"216
Dennis Cholowski6'1"177
Jakob Chychrun6'2"200
Pierre-Luc DuBois6'2.25"205
Dante Fabbro6'0.5"192
Evan Fitzpatrick6'2"203
Carter Hart6'1"180
Tyson Jost5'11"190
Jordan Kyrou6'0"169
Tyler Benson5'11.5"197
Logan Brown6'6.25"220
Julien Gauthier6'3"231
Noah Gregor5'11.25"175
Michael McLeod6'2"185
Alexander Nylander6'0.5"178
Sam Steel5'11"178
Kieffer Bellows6'0"197
Alex DeBrincat5'7"165
Jack Kopacka6'1.75"191
Ryan Lindgren5'11.75"203
Nathan Bastian6'4.5"206
Trent Frederic6'1.75"204
Boris Katchouk6'1.25"190
Clayton Keller5'10"164
Logan Stanley6'7"224
Riley Tufte6'5"211
Patrik Laine6'3.75"201
Adam Mascherin5'9"193
Cam Morrison6'2.5"209
Taylor Raddysh6'1.5"203
Rasmus Asplund5'10.25"176
Henrik Borgstrom6'3"176
Cam Dineen5'11"185
Carl Grundstrom5'11.5"195
Linus Lindstrom5'11.75"165
Charles McAvoy6'0.25"199
Filip Gustavsson6'1.5"190

Combine Test Results

NHL Combine Results - Top 10 in Each Event
Aerobic Fitness: Test Duration
1Logan Stanley12:30
2Tanner Kaspick12:12
3William Knierim12:00
4Taylor Raddysh12:00
5Charles McAvoy12:00
6Tyson Jost12:00
7Julien Gauthier11:43
8Connor Bunnaman11:35
9Logan Brown11:30
10Andrew Peeke11:30
Aerobic Fitness: VO2max
1Carter Hart65
2Evan Fitzpatrick62
3Brandon Gignac62
4Wade Allison61
5Jacob Cederholm61
6Michael McLeod61
7Sam Steel60
8Zachary Sawchenko60
9Tanner Kaspick59
10Joseph Raaymakers59
Agility & Balance: Pro Agility Left
1Matthew Cairns4.3
2Luke Green4.31
3Jordan Kyrou4.35
4Cameron Morrison4.4
5Joseph Raaymakers4.42
6Jonathan Ang4.47
7Auston Matthews4.48
8Max Zimmer4.48
9Connor Bunnaman4.49
10Pierre-Luc DuBois4.5
Agility & Balance: Pro Agility Right
1Luke Green4.19
2Matthew Cairns4.33
3Jordan Kyrou4.33
4Pierre-Luc DuBois4.33
5Luke Kunin4.37
6Trent Frederic4.41
7Joseph Raaymakers4.43
8Max Zimmer4.43
9Matt Filipe4.44
10Ty Ronning4.46
Anaerobic Fitness: Mean Power Output
1Jonathan Ang12.5
2Jesper Bratt12.5
3Libor Hajek12.4
4William Lockwood12.2
5Henrik Borgstrom12.1
6Jakob Chychrun12.1
7Alexander Nylander12.1
8Luke Green12.0
9Mikhail Sergachev12.0
10Dillon Dube11.9
Anaerobic Fitness: Peak Power Output
1Alexander Nylander21.1
2William Lockwood19.3
3Jonathan Ang18.7
4Rasmus Asplund18.6
5Pierre-Luc DuBois18.6
6Ty Ronning18.4
7Kale Clague18.3
8Henrik Borgstrom18.2
9Auston Matthews18.1
10Jakob Chychrun18.0
Anaerobic Fitness: Fatigue Index
1Michael Graham29.9
2Trent Frederic42.1
3William Knierim43.7
4Nicholas Caamano44.9
5Wade Allison45.3
6Jesper Bratt45.5
7Griffin Luce47.0
8Samuel Girard47.8
9Dante Fabbro47.9
10Vitaly Abramov48.3
Vertical Jump
1Luke Kunin28.98
2Julien Gauthier26.69
3Mitchell Mattson25.59
4Chad Krys25.59
5Noah Gregor25.28
6Jakob Chychrun25.24
7Jordan Kyrou24.61
8Max Zimmer24.17
9Wade Allison23.74
10Luke Green23.66
Bench Press (70-80% of Body Weight)
1Samuel Girard15
2Vojtech Budik14
3Tyson Jost14
4Graham McPhee14
5German Rubtsov14
6Carl Grundstrom14
7Chad Krys13
8Wade Allison13
9Alexander Nylander13
10Matt Filipe13
Pull-Ups Consecutive
1Jonathan Ang15
2Sam Steel13
3Clayton Keller12
4Carter Hart12
5Artur Kayumov11
6Noah Gregor11
7Givani Smith11
8Pierre-Luc DuBois11
9Rasmus Asplund11
10Griffin Luce11

Breaking Down Top Prospects

Auston Matthews

After being one of the top scorers in the Swiss league this past season and Team USA's best player at the World Championships, Matthews entered the combine as a virtual lock to go No. 1 overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Even so, the Arizona native decided to take part in a full allotment of drills, acquitting himself well across the board.

Here is a look at how Matthews performed, courtesy of the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran:

Auston Matthews Combine Results
Standing Long Jump106 inches
Standing Vertical Jump21.102 inches
Pro Agility Test Left4.48 seconds
Pro Agility Test Right4.52 seconds
Bench Press6 reps
Wingate Cycle Peak Power18.1 watts per kilogram
Wingate Cycle Mean Power11.9 watts
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star

The NHL's official Twitter account provided a Vine of Matthews' performance in the agility test:


Auston Matthews is big. And fast. And strong. #NHLCombine https://t.co/f7FLQuUEmh

Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine captured some video of Matthews working his way through the pull-up drill:

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Eight pull ups for Auston Matthews. https://t.co/m5QTcamX5X

He also tweeted a video of Matthews pushing himself on the arduous Wingate cycle:

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Auston Matthews wingate test. Trainer wins MVP. https://t.co/1XqDDKUabu

Media swarmed Matthews following his day of testing, and as seen in this video courtesy of the Edmonton Oilers, the talented American was happy with his showing and the fact that he got to measure himself against many of the draft's other top prospects:

Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

"You want to come in here, compete & do the best you can. I felt I did that today." Auston Matthews #NHLCombine https://t.co/k73FnEzMqr

Matthews seemingly had little to gain and a lot to lose since he was already entrenched as the top pick, but that didn't stop him from competing, much like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel did last year.

All eyes were on Matthews with so many other big names not participating in the drills, and he showed why he is considered the consensus No. 1 player.

Matthews already has NHL-caliber size, strength and agility, and all the pieces are in place for him to be a star from day one.

Jakob Chychrun

With Laine sitting out lower-body drills after injuring his knee Friday and other top prospects also not taking part in drills Saturday, Chychrun had an opportunity to solidify his status as the top defenseman in the draft and a deserving high pick.

The Sarnia Sting blueliner ranked inside the top 10 in mean power output, peak power output and the vertical jump.

His showing especially impressed NHL.com's Mike Morreale:

Mike Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL

Jakob Chychrun knocking it out of the park in testing ...

As seen in this photo from the Toronto Maple Leafs' Twitter account, Chychrun showed off his considerable athleticism and leg strength during the force plate test:

When interviewed following the combine, Chychrun displayed a positive attitude and seemed pleased with his overall performance, according to the Winnipeg Jets on Twitter:

Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets

"I just wanted to try and enjoy it as much as I could." -Jakob Chychrun on his #NHLCombine experience. https://t.co/SJGX0c42X4

Most mock drafts have Matthews, Laine and Puljujarvi coming off the board in the first three picks, but things appear to be open beyond that.

Chychrun, Juolevi and Mikhail Sergachev are all in the running to be the top defenseman in the draft, and Chychrun may have put himself in the driver's seat in that debate at the combine.

The Florida native also has a strong body of work after posting 49 points in 62 OHL games this past season, and he proved to the NHL teams that were keeping tabs on him Saturday that he has the physical ability to match his on-ice production.

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