NHL combine winners, buzz
June, 4, 2013
By Grant Sonier | ESPN Insider
Graig Abel/Getty ImagesEven without participating in the tests, Nathan MacKinnon made a great impression at the combine.The NHL's scouting combine wrapped up this weekend, leaving team scouts and GMs with some interesting things to consider. This year's entry draft has been widely publicized as one of the deepest in many years, and the 30 teams touched down in Toronto eager to get an up close look at the prospects.
Perhaps the biggest story surrounding the fitness testing portion of the event was the potential top four picks declining to take part. Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Aleksander Barkov all attended the event but opted out of the physical testing components. The reason? MacKinnon, Drouin and Jones reported to the combine after competing in the Memorial Cup, which concluded May 26. Barkov continues to rehab a shoulder injury he suffered late in the season. Highly touted defenseman Darnell Nurse also sat out the tests due to injury.