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NHL Entry Draft: Draft Combine (Physical Testing) – Separating the Men from the Boys

By , June 5, 2011 10:34 am
Gabriel Landeskog at the 2011 NHL Draft Combine

Gabriel Landeskog at the 2011 NHL Draft Combine

Racki’s note: This is a great article by Zackman35 which helps us understand the physical testing that goes on at the NHL Combine. This has been added to our Resources section.

The NHL Combine gives us fans, but more importantly, the NHL organizations an indicator of physiological development and physical fitness of a young hockey player. These young potential prospects take part in various testing over a fairly short time frame (a week). During this week they are not only psychologically tested but physically tested as well, which helps give us and scouting staff a better perspective whether or not these young men will be able to compete at an elite level, and helps pin-point how far away they may be from competing. The purpose of this post/thread is to help give a fan a better understanding of how to interpret the draft combine.

Physical Fitness

Energy Systems

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2011 NHL Combine

By , June 2, 2011 8:05 pm
2011 NHL Draft Combine is going on right now..

2011 NHL Draft Combine is going on right now..

Wow, I have been asleep at the switch. I missed that this was even going on right now. It started on May 30, 2011 and ends tomorrow, June 3rd.

There are some interviews up on the oilers website, including interviews with players Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton, as well as Oilers staff Steve Tambellini and Stu MacGregor.

First quick observation. Holy eff… what is with Landeskog?? This guy speaks better english than most North Americans. No accent at all on him (kind of like Nick Lidstrom). He’s a very modest and well spoken player too. Adam Larsson spoke briefly on his familiarity with Paajarvi and Lander, mentioning that he’s played in world competition with them for about four years now. I wouldn’t say there was anything else particularly stand out in the player interviews though. I’d say the best interview to listen to (as expected) is Stu MacGregor’s interview. He provides some good insight in the whole process.

Tomorrow is the big day of the combine, which TSN will actually be airing… that’s the day that the players go through their physical testing. This might help give a good look at what growth RNH might be capable of, or perhaps how far ahead of the curve some of the other bigger guys are. Should be interesting.

Edit: June 4th, 9:00AM:
Here are the combine results: Continue reading '2011 NHL Combine'»

Quick hits – 2011/04/21

By , April 21, 2011 12:03 pm

2011 NHL Entry Draft notes and more..

Some 2011 NHL Entry Draft notes and more..

Just a few quick notes on some articles I saw today on the Edmonton Journal website.

Adam Larsson

First, Adam Larsson. I like that he’s done his research. He of course knows his fellow Swede countrymen are here (Paajarvi and Omark, plus likely Lander soon). But he knows the history, our 5 cups, and the new players like Taylor Hall. He sounds like he would be genuinely happy to be here, and I like the kids attitude.

Sean Couturier

On to Sean Couturier, in which Jim Matheson addresses a question about Couturier dropping in draft rank. There wasn’t a lot here, but I just thought it interesting that Matheson mentioned that the Oilers likely wouldn’t draft Couturier because they are more interested in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Adam Larsson. I can’t say that the Oilers would Continue reading 'Quick hits – 2011/04/21'»

2010 NHL Entry Draft – Day 2 – Rounds 2 – 7

By , June 26, 2010 11:06 am
Welcome to the City of Champions, Taylor Hall

Welcome to the City of Champions, Taylor Hall

Who will the Oilers add to their prospect pool, now that they’ve gone and drafted Windsor Spitfire phenom Taylor Hall?

There are still some good names out there, including some gambles such as Kirill Kabanov and John McFarland. Will the Oilers select a big d-man they need? Or will they go for a big center? Something else? Discuss here…


With the 31st overall pick, the Oilers selected Tyler Pitlick. Pitlick is a centremen who played this past year for MSU – Mankato. Word is, he will play next year in the WHL for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He is described as a power forward, and apparently has very good skill on the dot. Here’s what some people had to say, taken from The Hockey’s Spy:

“Dominates faceoffs and in freshman year, is an excellent young prospect, a really good young skater and his ability to dominate a game at his level is truly impressive.”
-E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting

“Pitlick is excellent on the wing, where he can use his speed and size on the outside to drive to the net and use his heavy snap shot. He also possesses the ability to play center, and a year of college hockey has improved his defensive game tremendously. Despite being one of the youngest players in college hockey…he doesn’t back down from anyone physically, and has the strength to dish out his own punishment.”
-Western College Hockey Blog

A big hard-nosed centerman who can play with finesse and power. It’s that combination of skill and brawn that makes Pitlick such an intriguing prospect. … His hands are quick and smart and he moves the puck quickly with good accuracy. He plays smart all over and shoots the puck very well, with his feet moving.”
– International Scouting Services 2010 NHL Draft Guide

“Accelerates briskly out of cross-overs and blows by defenders. Has an NHL caliber shot right now. Flashed the ability to power through defenders to get to net. High energy level every shift. Can gain separation in corners with sharp twists and can turn on a dime. Patient playmaker. Long-limbed with farmboy like strength. Aggressive and finishes checks.”
– Red Line Report 2010 Draft Guide

“With little to no support on the roster, he was often forced to create and finish his own opportunities. He has a shoot first, ask questions later philosophy. At 6’2″ and 195 pounds, he still needs to fill out but has a good foundation from which to work with. Pitlick has a sizzling shot and he can pick corners, despite the fact that he scored only 11 goals this season.”
– McKeen’s 2010 NHL Draft Guide

Oilers have traded Riley Nash to Carolina in exchange for the 46th overall pick. Then chose D Martin Marincin with that pick.

Oilers select left winger Curtis Hamilton of the Kelowna Rockets.

It’s Hall!!!!, and NHL Draft live blog

By , June 25, 2010 4:47 pm

The dreaded last two picks for the pick up team.

The draft is here!  Well, in 15 min.  But it’s here and this should be the very bottom that the Oilers can get.  In 20-25 minutes it should be nothing but upwards to better things.

Anyways, here is a post that we can have a lively discussion re: the draft.

I’ll also do some live-blogging should I find that I have energy.

Continue reading 'It’s Hall!!!!, and NHL Draft live blog'»

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