NHL Combine 2019 Results: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights, Top Prospects

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2019

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - MAY 19: Jack Hughes #6 of USA during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia group A game between Germany and United States at Steel Arena on May 19, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)
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The 2019 NHL combine continued in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, with physical fitness tests taking center stage.

A total of 103 draft-eligible players attended the combine, but Finland star Kaapo Kakko was among those to skip the event. 

Full combine results can be viewed on the NHL's official website.

Projected No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes did make the trip, though he declined to do physical testing. The 18-year-old American told reporters that he had been too busy playing hockey in recent weeks to train for the event:

New Jersey Devils @NJDevils

Jack Hughes decided against doing the physical testing at the #NHLCombine. “I’ve been playing hockey the last two months, I just got back a week ago and haven’t trained at all. It’s kind of like not preparing for a test, not studying.” https://t.co/mfJQkVFVys

According to Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com, Hughes acknowledged that it would be a "dream come true" to be taken first overall. The New Jersey Devils own the top pick in this year's draft.

With Hughes and Kakko not participating in the drills, other players had the chance to stand out Saturday.

Notable measurements, via The Hockey Writers' official website:

  • Jack Hughes N/A
  • Bowen Byram: 6'0 3/4", 195 pounds
  • Kirby Dach: 6'4", 198 pounds
  • Dylan Cozens: 6'3 1/4" 183 pounds
  • Cole Caufield: 5'7 1/4", 163 pounds
  • Trevor Zegras: 6'0 1/4", 173 pounds

Defenseman Jayden Struble took full advantage of the opportunity. According to NHL Public Relations, the 17-year-old finished first in five of the 18 physical fitness tests:

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Jayden Struble, a defenseman from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Mass., finished first in 5 of the 18 fitness tests at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas. #NHLCombine Top 25 Results: https://t.co/q1bJc7Y2iC https://t.co/vOKvKx7sIc

Struble posted the top bench press (9.42 watts/kg), standing long jump (117.8 inches), right-handed grip (170 pounds), left-handed grip (160 pounds) and mean power output (11.7 watts/kg).

He is currently ranked 48th among prospects by NHL.com. His combine performance could have him moving up draft boards.

No. 2 on that list is defenseman Bowen Byram, who put on a show for teams:

Detroit Red Wings @DetroitRedWings

Bowen Byram on the bike. #NHLCombine https://t.co/NMjOGC2L7m

Eric Lear @BHTVeric

Bowen Byram cranking out some pull-ups. https://t.co/hHoWqSZFQX

His 13 consecutive pull-ups were tied for the ninth-most at the combine. 

The 17-year-old made it clear that he is "confident" in his game, as he views himself as a two-way player:

Eric Lear @BHTVeric

Bowen Byram used the word "confidence" quite a bit when addressing the media. He's second only to Jack Hughes in Central Scouting's North American rankings. https://t.co/NJfJjvx4uA

Meanwhile, potential top-10 pick Trevor Zegras was put to the test as well:

Eric Lear @BHTVeric

Trevor Zegras records a long jump after measuring in at just over 6-feet tall. https://t.co/nmrGWExvHO

Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK

Here’s Trevor Zegras going through the Pro Agility test https://t.co/DmAmmBX9Tl

The 18-year-old forward also told reporters that he believes his skating has improved:

Detroit Red Wings @DetroitRedWings

"For me maybe it's not so much creativity but adapting to what works." Trevor Zegras speaks following his combine fitness testing: https://t.co/51H8UNPkEA

Prospects will now have to wait until later this month to find out what the future holds. The 2019 NHL draft will be held on June 21-22.