MENU
Draft eligible OHL talent goes all-out at NHL Combine
CHL

With the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23-24 in Chicago, IL, fast approaching, top prospects from across the globe descended on Buffalo, NY, for the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine.

The event featured 104 players in total, with 22 OHL representatives on hand to put their best foot forward in one-on-one meetings with NHL clubs and the usual physical testing elements that measure a player’s athletic makeup.

The 22 OHL players participating included 16 forwards, five defencemen and one goaltender.

Standout OHL testing performances included Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Morgan Frost who had top-10 finishes in six different events including a first place result in the Wingate Bike Test’s Mean Power Output. Owen Sound Attack power winger Jonah Gadjovich was also a frequent sight in top-10 listings, appearing five different times including a pair of second place finishes in the Grip Strength testing.

Other top finishers from the OHL included Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires who wound up second in the Wingate Bike testing’s Fatigue Index. Peterborough Petes centreman Zach Gallant finished tied for second in Pull-Up testing.

The top-ranked OHL skater headed into the draft, Vilardi, who came in as the third-ranked North American skater behind Brandon’s Nolan Patrick and Halifax’s Nico Hischier, revealed he had soreness in his right hip and back following last weekend’s thrilling Mastercard Memorial Cup championship victory.

Though he didn’t take part in lower-body testing, he did have a smile on his face throughout the proceedings in Buffalo.

“Won a Memorial Cup, so coming off a big high,” he told NHL.com. “Was great hanging out with the guys in Windsor, and then getting here, meeting these teams, it’s been fun.”

Here’s a complete look at how Vilardi and other OHL players fared in the various testing exercises:

GRIP STRENGTH (LBS)

Right Hand
T-2. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) 159
3. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 154
T-5. Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting) 145
T-6. Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs) 144

Left Hand
2. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) 164
5. Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes) 149
T-6. Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs) 145
T-8. Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) 140

BENCH PRESS (REPS)
T-3. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) 15

STANDING LONG JUMP (INCHES)
4. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 114.3
5. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) 113.5

VERTICAL JUMP (INCHES)
3. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 24.63
6. Alex Formenton (London Knights) 23.63

PULL UPS (MAX #)
T-2. Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes) 12
T-3. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) 11
T-3. Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) 11

PRO-AGILITY TEST (SECONDS)

Left
T-7. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) 4.55

Right
T-6. Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) 4.46
8. Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) 4.51

WINGATE TEST – Mean Power Output (watts/kg)
1. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 12.8
T-5. Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) 12.3

WINGATE TEST – Peak Power Output (watts/kg)
T-5. Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) 16.6
T-6. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 16.4
7. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) 16.3

WINGATE TEST – Fatigue Index
2. Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires) 33.8

AEROBIC FITNESS – VO2max Test Max
3. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) 64.0
T-4. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) 63.0
T-6. Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) 59.0

AEROBIC FITNESS – VO2max Test Duration
6. Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes) 15:30
8. Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) 15:15

More News
Special Game Time on Sunday at 6pm vs. Sting
60 mins ago
Game Preview: Storm vs. Sting November 19th
1 hour ago
Rangers down Storm 7-5
2 hours ago
Early hole leaves Storm down and out in Kitchener
11 hours ago
The Home Depot Backyard Rink contest
1 day ago
Smith returns to line up, Storm lose 7-4 to Knights
1 day ago