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June 13, 2023

NHL releases Central Scouting Draft Combine fitness results

Even off the ice Connor Bedard continues to impress.

Bedard was among  the top performers at the 2023 NHL Scouting Combine earlier this week, held at LECOM HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY. In all, 100 players were put through the paces at the combine to measure their stamina, vertical jump, strength, and a handful of other tests.

Joining Bedard among the performers were Samuel Honzek, Cameron Allen, Easton Cowan, and Nick Lardis, all of whom registered top-five finishes over several different categories. 

Scouts and general managers may view the combine how they please, but it’s a way to measure particular attributes unseen on the ice. When investing time and money into these prospects, the organization wants to consider every possible factor, including the double-edged sword of who might be maxed out in terms of physical development and who still has considerable room to grow.

Here are the Individual breakdowns by event:

Aerobic Fitness: Test Duration

1 – Jordan Tourigny (Shawinigan Cataractes) – 13:48
2 – Jakub Dvorak (Bili Tygril Liberec) – 13:20
3 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 13:13
4 – Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires) – 13:00
5 – Michael Hrabal (Omaha Lancers) – 13:00

Aerobic Fitness: VO2max (ml/kg/min)

1 – Nico Myatovic (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 66.0
2 – Brad Gardiner (Ottawa 67’s) – 64.0
3 – Bradly Nadeau (Penticton Vees) – 64.0
4 – Noel Nordh (Brynas IF J20) – 63.0
5 – Beckett Hendrickson (NTDP) – 63.0

Agility & Balance: Pro Agility – Left time (sec)

1 – Easton Cowan (London Knights) – 4.04
2 – Jonathan Castagna (St. Andrew’s College) – 4.09
3 – Oliver Moore (NTDP) – 4.13
4 – Brandon Svoboda (Youngstown Phantoms) – 4.21
5 – Jayden Perron (Chicago Steel) – 4.22

Agility & Balance: Pro Agility – Right time (sec)

1 – Easton Cowan (London Knights) – 4.09
2 – Jonathan Castagna (St. Andrew’s College) – 4.16
3 – Brady Cleveland (NTDP) – 4.24
4 – Samuel Honzek (Vancouver Giants) – 4.32
5 – Scott Ratzlaff (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 4.22

Anaerobic Fitness: – Mean Power Output (watts/kg)

1 – Noah Dower Nilsson (Frolunda HC J20) – 14.3
2 – Danny Nelson (NTDP) – 14.1
3 – Tom Willander (Rogle BK J20) – 13.8
4 – Hunter Brzustewicz (Kitchener Rangers) – 13.6
5 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 13.6

Anaerobic Fitness: – Peak Power Output (watts/kg)

1 – Samuel Honzek (Vancouver Giants) – 22.4
2 – Hunter Brzustewicz (Kitchener Rangers) – 21.7
3 – Noah Dower Nilsson (Frolunda HC J20) – 20.4
4 – Tanner Molendyk (Saskatoon Blades) – 20.0
5 – Danny Nelson (NTDP) – 19.9

Anaerobic Fitness: Fatigue Index

1 – Koehn Ziemmer (Prince George Cougars) – 34.8
2 – Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers) – 36.0
3 – Rasmus Kumpulainen (Pelicans U20) – 37.9
4 – Noel Nordh (Brynas IF J20) – 38.4
5 – Otto Stenberg (Frolunda HC J20) – 39.3

Anthropometry: Wing Span (inches)

1 – Michael Hrabal (Omaha Lancers) – 82.51
2 – Matteo Mann (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – 80.50
3 – Carsen Musser (NTDP) – 79.75
4 – Zachary Nehring  (Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep) – 79.50
5 – Jakub Stancl (Vaxjo Lakers HC J20) – 78.50

Body Composition % Body Fat

1 – Gracyn Sawchyn (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 3.64
2 – Oscar Fisker Molgaard (HV71) – 6.60
3 – Kalan Lind (Red Deer Rebels) – 6.73
4 – Jesse Nurmi (KooKoo U20) – 7.26
5 – Gabriel Perreault  (NTDP) – 7.31

FMS: Total FMS Score

1 – Larry Keenan (Culver Military Academy Prep) – 17
2 – Jonathan Castagna (St. Andrew’s College) – 17
3 – Adam Gajan (Chippewa Steel) – 16
4 – Alex Ciernik (Sodertalje SK J20) – 16
5 – Michael Hrabal (Omaha Lancers) – 16

Force Plate: Vertical Jump (inches)

1 – Nick Lardis (Brantford Bulldogs) – 25.49
2 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 23.81
3 – Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack) – 22.96
4 – Caden Price (Kelowna Rockets) – 22.83
5 – Charlie Stramel (Univ. of Wisconsin) – 22.71

Force Plate: Squat Jump (inches)

1 – Nick Lardis (Brantford Bulldogs) – 20.20
2 – Jesse Nurmi (KooKoo U20) – 18.86
3 – Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack) – 18.83
4 – Nate Danielson (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 18.30
5 – Jonathan Castagna (St. Andrew’s College) – 18.13

Force Plate: No Arm Jump (inches)

1 – Nick Lardis (Brantford Bulldogs) – 20.53
2 – Oliver Moore (NTDP) – 20.12
3 – Samuel Honzek (Vancouver Giants) – 19.95
4 – Jesse Nurmi (KooKoo U20) – 19.92
5 – Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack) – 19.86

Musculoskeletal: Bench Press 50% of Body Weight – Power (watts/kg)

1 – Axel Sandin Pellikka (Skelleftea) – 8.39
2 – Charlie Stramel (Univ. of Wisconsin) – 7.92
3 – Mathieu Cataford (Halifax Mooseheads) – 7.61
4 – Lukas Dragicevic (Tri-City Americans) – 7.58
5 – Ryan Leonard (NTDP) – 7.13

Musculoskeletal: Left Hand Grip (lb)

1 – Matteo Mann (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – 182
2 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 180
3 – Dalibor Dvorsky (AIK) – 165
4 – Ryan Leonard (NTDP) – 163
5 – Jaden Lipinski – (Vancouver Giants)

Musculoskeletal: Right Hand Grip (lb)

1 – Matteo Mann (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – 185
2 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 170
3 – Dalibor Dvorsky (AIK) – 168
4 – Brad Gardiner (Ottawa 67’s) – 160
5 – Carsen Musser (NTDP) 156

Musculoskeletal: Pull-Ups Consecutive (max #)

1 – Nick Lardis (Brantford Bulldogs) – 15
2 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 14
3 – Danny Nelson (NTDP) – 14
4 – Connor Bedard (Regina Pats) – 14
5 – Bradly Nadeau (Penticton Vees) – 14

Musculoskeletal: Horizontal Jump (inches)

1 – Charlie Stramel (Univ. of Wisconsin) – 118.0
2 – Samuel Honzek (Vancouver Giants) – 117.5
3 – Cameron Allen (Guelph Storm) – 117.0
4 – Tom Willander (Rogle BK J20) – 116.5
5 – Beau Akey (Barrie Colts) – 116.0


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