Each NHL Draft features a handful of players that rise rapidly from the mid-term rankings released in January to the final rankings that are released each April, both of which are compiled by Central Scouting Services (CSS). The 2012 edition of the draft is no different, with several players making a strong impression on the bird dogs working for the NHL's scouting arm.
One such player is right wing Chris Calnan of Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Calnan turned in a strong offensive season for Nobles, particularly in the 2011-12 season's second half as he helped lead his team to the Elite 8 championship game where Nobles fell to Lawrence Academy. Calnan's effort did not go unnoticed at CSS as the scouting service moved the 6-3, 195-pound Calnan from a 94th mid-term ranking among North American skaters to the 69th position in the final rankings.
And, if top 10 test results at the NHL Combine are any indication, Calnan could see his draft stock soar even higher as Draft Day approaches later in June. Calnan finished in the top 10 among all Combine participants in 15 out of 29 testing categories, including five number one showings and several top-five finishes.
Calnan appears to be a budding power forward candidate, one with some offensive ability as his 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) in 29 games would attest.
Calnan was interviewed by HF's Leslie Treff at the 2012 NHL Combine, a conversation that is presented here in this HF video.