Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Wheat Kings' Duo + Sanheim at NHL Scouting Combine

John Quenneville (left), Jayce Hawryluk (center) and Travis Sanheim (right) are at the NHL Scouting Combine this week
   Brandon Wheat Kings' forwards Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville are among the 119 prospects attending the NHL Scouting Combine this week in Toronto.

  It's a good chance for prospects to showcase themselves to scouts and general managers from all 30 NHL teams as they will be given the chance to interview as many players as they wish.

  "It's a once in a lifetime thing, to meet with all the teams and work out in front of a lot of GM's.  It's exciting but nerve-racking at the same time," said Hawryluk earlier this week, "You just have to be honest with them in what type of player you are, and just how you are...just be honest, work hard and show them you're the player they're looking for."

  Hawryluk tallied 24 goals and 64 points in 59 regular season games while adding five goals and 12 points in eight playoff contests this year; Quenneville had 25 goals sand 58 points in 61 regular season games and added a team-leading 13 points in nine post-season contests.

  In addition to their outstanding seasons with the Wheat Kings, both players also helped Canada win a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in April.

  Hawryluk was ranked 37th among North American skaters in the final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service while Quenneville was ranked 23rd, putting him in the running to possibly be a first round pick.

  "I think ever since I was finished in Finland with Team Canada there, I kind of started to think about it more and more, especially since what I'm doing now in preparing for the combine, which is ultimately preparing me for the draft," said Quenneville, "I think about it a lot, it means a lot to me, it's a very big day and I've been thinking about it for a long time."

  In addition to being available to be interviewed by NHL teams, the prospects in attendance will also undergo fitness testing at the Scouting Combine.

  The fitness portion of the Combine will be held May 31 at Toronto International Centre, headed by Dr. Norman Gledhill and his York University Fitness staff.

  This year overhand pull-ups, single leg squats (both legs) and pro agility tests will replace push-ups, the push-pull station and the seated medicine ball throw.

  "I've been working really hard since I got back home from Finland," said Quenneville, "I take a lot of pride in my physical conditioning, and I'm really excited for this opportunity."

  In addition to Hawryluk and Quenneville, Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen is also attending the NHL Scouting Combine this week.

  Sanheim had five goals and 29 points in 67 games with the Hitmen in the regular season, also played for Canada at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship and was ranked 53rd among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Service rankings.

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