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Jones, MacKinnon highlight NHL Scouting Combine invitees

May 20, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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There will be 101 players on hand in Toronto from May 27 to June 1 for the annual NHL Scouting Combine — including the two top prospects for the 2013 Entry Draft.

Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon, currently participating in the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, will be on hand for interviews and fitness testing in preparation for the Draft, which will go on June 30 from the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau is expecting 86 North American and 15 European prospects to be on hand.

All will run through the battery of exercises, save two players — top-rated European prospect Alex Barkov, who had post-season shoulder surgery, and Darnell Nurse, the OHL Sault Ste. Marie defenseman who suffered an undisclosed injury.

If you’re interested (or really bored), you can check out the results of the ’12 combine here.

Apparently the average number of 150-pound bench press reps was seven, which seems a little low. /sucks in gut, flexes

  1. jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    if colorado takes jones, does fla take mackinnon? he’s the best available player at that point…they would have huberdeau and mckinnon down the middle but still glaring holes on defense. should be interesting.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Florida spent their 3rd overall on a D man last year, and won’t pass on MacKinnon

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        23rd*

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        They also went D 1st round in 2010

    • scottybcboy - May 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take Drouin…..history with Huberdeau at the WJC…..better fit organizationally! Mackinnon is the better player ‘regardless of position’. Toss up, IMO.

  2. bcisleman - May 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Main import of this affair is for players who have been injured. If they take all of the physical tests and pass, they are less likely to drop significantly on Draft Day. If they don’t do well or refuse to take these tests as some apparently have, they may drop a bit.

    • windmiller4 - May 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Another important thing is they’re very thorough in everything they do. Remember a kid named David Carle a few years back? At the time his brother Matt had just been traded from San Jose to Tampa Bay, and David was coming off a very successful season at Shattuck St Marys. He was figured to be drafted in the first round until during a routine physical at the Scouting combine when doctors discovered a defect in his heart, that could cause him to die if he overexerted himself too much during sports. Hes now a student assistant coach at University of Denver. Long story short this combine is more important than most people think.

  3. jernster21 - May 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Just out of curiosity, if anyone knows – who pays the way for these kids to do things like this? Seems it would be outside of their junior teams wallet (meaning, they aren’t paying for it) and travel generally isn’t cheap. Maybe the NHL in this particular case?

    • windmiller4 - May 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      I believe its the NHL and their sponsors that pay for this. It is definitely not being paid for by the players, or their junior teams.

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