Prospects under most combine scrutiny
May, 23, 2013
By Grant Sonier | ESPN.com
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesAleksander Barkov will need to answer questions regarding his shoulder injury.Every year, the NHL brings together 100 of the top prospects for the coming entry draft and conducts its annual combine, held this year May 27-June 1. All 30 teams converge on Toronto, where draft prospects go through an extensive interview process and some grueling fitness testing. For some players, the combine can have a dramatic effect on where they get selected.
Over the years I have worked for a number of different teams and opinions on the importance of information extracted vary from team to team. Some teams put extra weight on the fitness testing results while others look at the results and measure more the prospect's potential. Some franchises will be asking simple, general questions in interviews and others will have a long, detailed list of specific questions that will speak to the player's character and intelligence.