The top 2010 NHL draft prospects are making their way to Toronto today and tomorrow to begin the annual draft combine process, which is a grueling week of interviews and physical testing, the last major hurdle that these kids have to clear this year before NHL teams will call their names one month from tomorrow.
Invite list is here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=523416
My New England Hockey Journal colleague, Bill Keefe, has a nice combine journal entry up on the website from Kevin Hayes. Last year, he had a most excellent combine diary from none other than Chris Kreider, the 19th overall selection of the NY Rangers. He also plans to run entries from Charlie Coyle, Billy Arnold and Connor Brickley. Also in Toronto from the New England area (West Haven, Conn.) but not featured in the diary entries is Avon forward Mike Pereira, who was outstanding in the 29th annual NEPSIHA tournament this past March. He'll be playing for Toot Cahoon in the fall at UMass-Amherst.
You can find out more at: http://www.hockeyjournal.com/
I will be finding out what I can and keeping you informed on this blog space, so stay tuned.