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NHL Draft Combine invitees announced

May 4, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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For fans looking to get familiar with the top players in the upcoming draft, the NHL Scouting Combine (May 28-June 2 in Toronto) is a good place to start.

This year’s edition will include the top 105 draft-eligible players in the world, including blue-chip prospects such as Nail Yakupov, Filip Forsberg and Morgan Rielly.

To see the full list of this year’s invites, click here.

The Combine is comprised of fitness/strength tests, psychological evaluations and interviews with teams.

The interview is seen by many as the make-or-break portion. After all, a player’s fitness can always get better. And if an 18-year-old’s strength really mattered, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wouldn’t have gone first overall.

But a player’s personality and motivations are harder to shrug off.

Questions that have reportedly been asked during interviews:

—- What would you like better, a gun, or a good poem? (Answer: Gun. Then rob a poet of all his good poems.)

—- If you were getting invaded by a country in a war and you had to take one family member with you, who would it be? (Answer: If my country were getting invaded, I’m not leaving, I’m staying to fight with the gun you gave me to rob the poet.)

  1. bcjim - May 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    lol, stupid questions.

    I was once interviewing at a company and the HR person started in with all these kinds of questions. I, knowing I didnt really want to work there, said “Look sweetie, I have a [very advanced degree] from [an extremely prestigious institution] and lots of suitors.. if you have something relevant and important to ask me, now is your chance, otherwise this interview is over.”

    I told another preemptively that if she was going to be playing “riddle me this” as part of the interview to save her breath, I have no time or patience for games.

    • chiadam - May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Everyone with an advanced degree says “lol.”

    • supercoop8 - May 5, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      How dare she?????????????????

      Reasons why you are the worst- 1. You would call a woman “sweetie” in any circumstance. 2.Pseudo tough guy typical lines exemplified in , “I have no patience for games.” 3. BC isn’t even the best school in Boston let alone Mass but still you feel the compulsion to bring it up, alot I imagine. 4.”LOL” 5. Everything about this story.

      Is your “advanced degree” in loneliness? Find some friends to impress with your no nonsense rhetoric.

      • bcjim - May 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        lmao. Bitter much?

      • supercoop8 - May 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        im laughing at you as is every person that throws a thumbs down your asinine story, but you can stick to the “you mad bro?” defense if you’d like.

      • supercoop8 - May 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        *at your

  2. bcisleman - May 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Somehow the article missed the main storyline. Alex Galchenyuk, Morgan Rielly and Slater Koekkoek all missed most if not all of the season due to injury and are seen as likely first rounders. Galchenyuk, in particular, could go top five or even top three depending on his Combine performance. The Combine is important for all invitees, but especially for these three.

  3. chiadam - May 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I wouldn’t know the top hockey prospect in the world if he was sitting on my lap. But did anyone else see that picture of the guy on the bike and think of Luke Skywalker?

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