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The 2012 NHL Combine and how it may influence the NHL Draft

by Leslie Treff
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The 2012 NHL Combine Tests

Photo: The NHL Combine has long been an important event leading up to the Draft. This year it was particularly important as many of the top eligible prospects had their seasons cut short by injury. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Last week, the National Hockey League engaged in its annual ritual of interviewing, testing, and examining the top players eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft. The 105 prospects that attended the Combine were poked, prodded and questioned, as well as given psychological tests. The difference this year is that there were many more second-year eligible prospects in attendance, and maybe more importantly, many draft eligible prospects had endured injury shortened seasons, which resulted in different concerns on the part of the NHL teams.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Anthony Stolarz, Corpus Christi IceRays

by Ken McKenna
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Anthony Stolarz - Corpus Christi

Photo: One of the sleepers of the 2012 NHL Draft is goaltender Anthony Stolarz, who starred in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Competing in the North American Hockey League may not necessarily be the best career move for a player with aspirations of eventually playing the pro game at the highest level.  But 2012 prospect Anthony Stolarz took that route in the 2011-12 season, and so far it is working out better than he had hoped.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips

by Ken McKenna
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Ryan Murray - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Despite an injury that caused him to miss some regular season games, defenseman Ryan Murray enters the 2012 NHL Draft as the top defensive prospect (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

If you are looking for a prospect from the 2012 NHL Draft that is the most NHL-ready, you would probably have to look no further than top defensive prospect Ryan Murray of the WHL's Everett Silvertips.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Chris Calnan, Noble and Greenough School

by Ken McKenna
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Chris Calnan - Noble and Greenough School

Photo: Prep school forward Chris Calnan could see his draft stock soar higher after earning impressive testing results at the 2012 NHL Combine (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

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.

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