In the wake of the NHL scouting combine scouting staffs are meeting this week to determine which players they want to bring in for private testing and further interviews. For the elite prospects, an invitation is an indicator of interest but, in some cases, concern.
Tyler Biggs is going to get invitations from four or five clubs, maybe more, but there will be worry about any lingering effects from a hip surgery, something that was red-flagged by doctors at the combine. Likewise, some might want to have their own orthopeic experts have a look at Matt Puempel and his own bum hip, but it sounds like he's on his way to recovery.
Beyond that though, the news out of the medicals was mostly good. Scouts expected that the group of prospects from the Saint John Sea Dogs would be banged up and limping just days removed from their Memorial Cup championship. They arrived fairly intact however, with the exception of Tomas Jurco who'll be getting physio therapy but not surgery for a hip injury. In fact, given that they had no time to prep for the testing, the Sea Dogs' performances were mostly impressive. Saint John center Ryan Tesink was second only to Sven Baertschi in the VO2 max testing and Zack Phillips, knocked by one club for being less than serious about his conditioning, was fourth in the field in the same aerobic test, suggesting that he has a nice base to build from.
Here's a rundown of some of the other performances from the top prospects at the combine, both the impressive and those that fell short:
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