Thursday, June 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am EST
15 days until the 2012 NHL Entry Draft…..
Be forewarned, today’s ramblings speak often of the Toronto Maple Leafs…
Mikhail Grigorenko – Boom or Bust?
NHL Scouting Combine Results are in!
Alex Galchenyuk topped the Anaerobic Fitness peak power output showing how explosive of a skater he is and that his ACL injury is a thing of the past. Kitchener’s Matia Marcantuoni (a faller in the draft) was second. “MM” is one of the fastest and best skaters in this draft class. Thomas Wilson was a top five finisher.
VO2Max Test Duration – Rogue defenseman Hampus Lindholm last the longest in this gruelling bike test staying on for 14:40 minutes…a ridiculous feat considering he beat second-place finisher Ryan Murray by a full minute (13:32). Again, Tom Wilson was a top four finisher in this test as well.
Wing Span – Stefan Matteau was the leader here (among skaters) followed by Radek Faksa, Jujhar Khaira, Cody Ceci and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Standing Long Jump – Defensemen Michael Matheson and Jake McCabe launched themselves 119 inches to tie followed by rearguard Patrick Sieloff while forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Francis Beauvillier joined defenseman Mathew Dumba for fifth with 114 inches. Cody Ceci was close with 113 inches.
Vertical Jump – Brady Skjei (29.5 inches), Beauvillier (29.0 inches), Dumba, Marcantuoni and Brendan Gaunce all leaped 28 inches.
Push-ups – Chandler Stephensen posted the best with 52, followed by goaltender Jake Paterson (48), Helgesen (46), overage center Kevin Roy (45) and Michael Matheson (41).
Grip Strength – Morgan Rielly had the strongest right-hand grip at 167 pounds (Hulk SMASH), followed by Beauvillier (161), Mitch Moroz (160), Gaunce (159) and Sam Kurker (155). Vasilevskiy and forward Calnan topped southpawers with 155 pounds, followed by Rielly (15), Marcantuoni (149) and Matheson (148).
Upper Body Power – Dane Fox threw the 4 kg ball the furthest (253 inches) while fellow OHL teammates Brendan Gaunce and Daniil Zharkov were second with 233 inches followed by Khaira and Athanasiou at 232 inches.
All of these draft-eligible prospects are profiled in Dobber Hockey’s Fantasy Prospect Guide.
I mention this in my upcoming mock draft (via DobberHockey Fantasy Prospect Guide) but the Columbus Blue Jackets had representat