|Jayce Hawryluk (File Photo)|
Hawryluk finished in the top ten in several of the tests including topping all 115 invited prospects in the pro-agility/left test, and being fifth in the right version.
"My expectations going in there was to be one of the top physically fit guys there," said Hawryluk on Monday, "I felt I started well, and I pushed myself to the limits as far as I could go and that's all I could ask for."
The Roblin product, who officially measured in at 5-foot-10 1/4, 190 pound at the Combine, was also third in the anaerobic fitness tests, ninth in standing long jump, eighth in 4 jump mat, sixth in the right-hand grip strength test, tenth in the bench-press and tied for second with 12 pull-ups.
He also did a bit of upchucking while he was tackling the day's final and most taxing assignment, the VO2 bike ride.
Hawryluk was ranked 37th among North American skaters in the final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service but may have improved his stock for the 2014 NHL Draft with this performance in Toronto.
"Obviously, they want a guy that's ready play and is in good shape and physically fit," added Hawryluk, "I think I fit that role, and I feel like the work ethic part they like as well."
Outside of the fitness testing, Hawryluk also met and was interviewed by 19 of the 30 NHL teams during the week of the combine.
"They want to know about you, yourself, your family, the type of player you are and all of that kind of stuff," said Hawryluk, "It's pretty basic, they just want to get to know you and your background and what they're getting in you when they're drafting you."
For his part, Wheat Kings' forward John Quenneville was tops among all prospects in the 4 jump mat test, his only top-ten performance, while Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen saw his best result come in left-hex agility, where he was fourth-best.
Quenneville measured in at 6-foot-0 1/2, 182 pounds while Sanheim checked in at 6-foot-3, 181 pounds.
The 2014 NHL Draft will be held in Philadelphia on June 27-28.
Tim Campbell from the Winnipeg Free Press talked to Hawryluk at the end of Saturday's fitness testing.
You can find that article here.