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Top prospects Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin may miss NHL draft combine fitness testing

May 30, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT


The top three North American skaters heading into the 2013 NHL Entry Draft may not participate in fitness testing at the draft combine, according to

Defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin all played in the Memorial Cup championship game over the weekend, and the physical toll could prevent them from taking part in that aspect of the combine.

“In my opinion, you need about a week or two to get ready for some of those tests, and we have to respect what they’ve gone through here lately,” Pat Brisson, the agent for Jones and MacKinnon, told

“They’re in game shape, but you have to treat them like Ferraris in a sense that now these athletes have to prepare for these things. Not that they can’t do it, but we’ll undergo the medical exam and take it from there.”

Jones and the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League finished runner-up to MacKinnon and Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Memorial Cup final.

MacKinnon’s stock, which was already high coming into the draft as the No. 2-ranked prospect, seems have increased after a standout performanceNHL in the championship.

Jones entered the tournament as the top-ranked prospect, although MacKinnon notched the hat trick.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Wow! Brisson has Jones and McKinnon as clients. This guy is a high profile agent. Impressive list of clients.

    • 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
      Check out his existing client list. I’d have copied it directly, but it’s pretty long. Crosby, Kane, Toews, Tavares, Giroux, the Sedins, Kopitar… damn. Guy must be a pretty kickass agent.

  2. tcclark - May 31, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    They oughta be tired. MacKinnon and Drouin had 5 points a piece and Jones had to chase around 2 guys who had 5 points a piece all night

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Well only three teams have a chance at getting these guys and if you’re counting on a fitness test to measure them your scouting department is in rough shape.

    • davebabychreturns - May 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Yeah I wonder (if they aren’t injured) why bother holding them back from the testing. Even if they put up pedestrian numbers, is the worst case scenario that maybe Barkov sneaks into the top three and one of them ends up with marginally lower signing bonuses on his ELC?

  4. acorp11 - May 31, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Thank god Roy and Sakic are leading the charge now, I think Sherman would’ve been convinced by the Mem Cup to take Mackinnon over Jones. We’re not the Oilers, we draft for need!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      And the Avs finished dead last. Hope Do Avs need a franchise player like McKinnon or a top notch d man like Jones? Now and for the future.

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