Merkley and Hillis Invited to 2018 NHL Scouting Combine


24 OHL players have been invited to the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine that is being held from Sunday May 27th to Saturday June 2nd at First Niagara Center and the nearby HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY.

The list of OHL invitees includes 14 forwards, nine defencemen and one goaltender. OHL talent represents 23% of the 104 players invited to attend the event.

Top OHL draft eligible talent invited to the Combine includes top-ranked prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts, the CHL’s top-ranked defenceman in Evan Bouchard of the London Knights, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Barrett Hayton, Oshawa Generals winger Serron Noel and Greyhounds rearguard Rasmus Sandin among others.

The NHL Scouting Combine provides an opportunity for teams to meet and interview prospects as well as see them physically tested in an off-ice setting.

The 24 OHL players invited are part of a larger list of 50 players from across the Canadian Hockey League to receive invitations.

The highly-anticipated portion of the combine – fitness testing – is set to take place Friday and Saturday at the HarborCenter in Buffalo. Saturday’s fitness testing can be seen live on from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT.

Friday’s testing will feature four different evaluations, including y-balance, function movement screen, grip strength and aerobic fitness (VO2 max).

Saturday’s testing will feature seven different evaluations, including standing height, wingspan, standing long jump, jump station, bench press, pro agility test and pull ups.



Forwards (14):
Kody Clark (Ottawa 67’s)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Curtis Douglas (Windsor Spitfires)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Cameron Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)
Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Defencemen (9):
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)
Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)
Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Alec Regula (London Knights)
Carter Robertson (Ottawa 67’s)
Rasmus Sandi (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers)

Goaltenders (1):
Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)

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