WHL Top Prospects Smith, Sutter showcase strengths in Sport Testing Combine

Larry Brunt/Chris Mast


Guelph, ON – 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 Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs (ranked 14th by NHL CS) finished in a tie for second in overall on-ice testing based on results across the 10 different categories. Smith scored the top marks in the 30M Forward Skate with Puck, second in the 30M Backward Skate with Puck, and third in the Weave Agility and Reaction with Puck.

In the off-ice portion of the Sport Testing Combine, it was Everett Silvertips forward Riley Sutter (ranked 72nd by NHL CS) drawing notice as he finished second in the right grip and third in the left grip tests.

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)

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)

Sport Testing scores provide valuable performance benchmarks to coaches and players at all levels of hockey with data collected at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game shared with NHL Central Scouting and distributed to all 31 NHL teams.

For more information please visit

#SWTP Images:

The CHL Images program continues to offer a collection of high quality digital photography of national events available for free editorial use by media.  All images are available as a high resolution download at  To download high resolution non-watermarked images, you must first register for the site through the “Client Area” tab in the sub menu.  Once registered, please confirm your email address with Aaron Bell, Director of Images at for authorization.  Media with previously approved OHL Images access can download images from CHL galleries using the same login and password.

Under the main CHL Images tab you’ll find a gallery from Tuesday night in Guelph with individual player portraits in Team Cherry and Team Orr uniforms along with photos of all CHL teammates, and various pictures from the two practices.  New galleries will be posted on Wednesday following the skills testing, and Thursday following the game.

Ask Sherwin-Williams™
For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As North America’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident colour selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,000 neighbourhood stores. For more information, visit Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

More News
Highlights: ICE (4) at Wheat Kings (5) - OT
4 mins ago
WHL Tonight: Porter silences Silvertips as Rockets win in Everett
9 mins ago
Highlights: Giants (6) at Chiefs (4)
27 mins ago
Highlights: Warriors (4) at Royals (0)
29 mins ago
Highlights: Thunderbirds (2) at Americans (3) - SO
30 mins ago
Highlights: Rockets (2) at Silvertips (0)
38 mins ago