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Bahl showcases strengths at CHL’s Top Prospects Sport Testing Combine

The next wave of NHL Draft talent were put to the test on Wednesday competing on and off the ice in advance of the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

All 40 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top prospects in attendance seized the opportunity to showcase their individual strengths with Sport Testing to gauge fitness and skill levels for NHL management and scouts.

The day began at the University of Guelph with a series of off-ice performance measures that included strength testing, agility runs, and leg power evaluations.  The afternoon shifted to on-ice tests at Sleeman Centre including forward and backward sprints, reaction, weave agility, and transition agility drills each performed with and without a puck.

Defenceman Kevin Bahl (ranked 30th by NHL CS) finished second overall in the off-ice portion which factored performance results from across the seven different fields. Forward Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds led the way, followed by Bahl and a pair of London Knights including defenceman Evan Bouchard (ranked 5th by NHL CS) in third and forward Liam Foudy (ranked 91st by NHL CS) in fourth, and forward Ryan McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads (ranked 16th by NHL CS) finished in fifth.

Defenceman Noah Dobson of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (ranked 8th by NHL CS) led the way in overall on-ice testing based on results across the 10 different categories.  Fellow defenceman Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs (ranked 14th by NHL CS) tied for second with Knights forward Liam Foudy, followed by forward Dmitry Zavgorodniy of the Rimouski Oceanic (ranked 54th by NHL CS) in fourth, and top ranked North American skater Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts finished in fifth.

In specialized Sport Testing for goalies, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads (ranked 3rd by NHL CS) claimed top honours in an array of reaction, agility, and movement challenges.

2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – Sport Testing Combine Top Performers:

Off-Ice Tests 

Vertical Jump
1 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
2 – Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound)

3 – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
 
Broad Jump
1 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
2 – Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)

3 – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
 
Medicine Ball Toss
1 – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
1 – Anderson MacDonald (Moncton Wildcats)

3 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
 
Grip Left
1 – Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
2 – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

3 – Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips)
 
Grip Right
1 – Xavier Bernard (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
2 – Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips)

3 – Gabriel Fortier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
 
Pro-Agility Left
1 – Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
2 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)

3 – Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
 
Pro-Agility Right
1 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
2 – Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)

3 – Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)
 
On-Ice Tests
 
30M Forward Skate
1 – Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
2 – Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)

3 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
 
30M Forward Skate with Puck
1 – Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
2 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)

3 – Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
 
30M Backward Skate
1 – Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
2 – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

3 – Xavier Bernard (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
 
30M Backward Skate with Puck
1 – Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
2 – Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)

3 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
 
Reaction
1 – Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
2 – Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)

3 – Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)
 
Reaction with Puck
1 – Liam Foudy (London Knights)
2 – Vladislav Kotkov (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

3 – Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
 
Weave Agility
1 – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
2 – Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)

3 – Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
 
Weave Agility with Puck
1 – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
2 – Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)

3 – Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts)
 
Transition Agility
1 – Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
2 – Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

3 – Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
 
Transition Agility with Puck
1 – Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
2 – Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)

3 – Cameron Hillis (Guelph Storm
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