MANITOBANS GIVE THEIR BEST AT NHL COMBINE
Three Manitobans took part in the 2018 NHL Combine in Buffalo, NY during the week of May 25-June 3.
Jett Woo and Riley Stotts of Winnipeg, and Calen Addison of Brandon were three of the over 100 prospects in Buffalo meeting with teams, and taking part in Saturday’s fitness testing component at the HarborCenter.
Here is a closer look at their 2017-18 seasons, and their performance at the Combine.
A right-handed defenceman with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, Woo’s regular season campaign was limited to 44 games due to injury.
Still, the 17-year-old posted nine goals and 25 points, on a Warriors team that finished the regular season with a 52-15-2-3 record.
The Warriors were eliminated in the second round by the eventual WHL Champions – the Swift Current Broncos – in seven games. Woo had three points in the 14 games Moose Jaw played in the postseason.
Woo has had success on the international stage, as he helped Canada’s under-18 team to gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August of 2017, while serving as an alternate captain.
He also wore the red and white at the World Under-18 event in 2016-17, as well as wearing the captain’s ‘C’ at the Under-17 World Hockey Championship.
In Buffalo, Woo (the 28th ranked North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting) placed in the top-25 in six fitness testing events:
His highest finish was ninth in the Pro Agility, where he reached a top speed of 12.8 miles per hour (running to the left), while his next highest finish came in the same event (running to the right) at 12.2 miles per hour, putting him in 16th.
His other top-25 finishes included taking the 20th spot in right hand grip strength (149 pounds), 21st in the Force Plate Vertical Jump (20.65 inches), and 22nd in the Force Plate No Arm Jump (18.01 inches).
Stotts also had a strong showing during the fitness portion of the Combine, placing in the top-25 in seven events.
His best was an eighth place finish in the Force Plate Squat Jump, where he reached a height of 19.71 inches. His 155-pound right hand grip placed him tenth among the prospects in attendance as well.
The left-handed centre also showed well in the bench press event, which was changed to measure the player’s power output, instead of repetitions completed. The 6.91 watts/kilogram Stotts produced while lifting 50 per cent of his body weight put him in 12th spot.
His other finishes included 14th in left-hand grip strength (148 pounds), 17th in Anaerobic Fitness Max Effort Peak Power Output (17.8 watts/kilogram), and 18th in Force Plate Vertical Jump (21.12 inches).
During the 2017-18 campaign, Stotts had three points in 22 games with the Swift Current Broncos (who drafted Stotts 10th overall in the 2015 WHL Draft), before being traded to the Calgary Hitmen.
After the trade, Stotts found his offensive touch, potting 17 goals and 41 points in 47 games with Calgary.
The finish propelled him to the 51st ranking of North American Skaters from NHL Central Scouting.
Ranked at number 30 among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting, the 18-year-old Addison had career-highs in goals, assists, and points this season with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.
His 65 points (11 goals and 54 assists) put him third on the team in scoring, while the 19 points he added in the postseason put him fourth on the Hurricanes (who were eliminated by Swift Current in six games in the WHL semifinal).
Addison, a right-handed defenceman, had his best event at the Combine when he did 11 consecutive pull ups, putting him 19th in the event.
Along with Woo, Addison helped Canada to a gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, putting up six points in five games.
He also has a silver medal on his resume, which he won with Canada Black at the Under-17s.