Cozens, Leason shine as WHL players show skills strengths

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40 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft were put to the test on Tuesday competing on and off the ice in advance of the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The Sport Testing Combine offered all players in attendance the opportunity to showcase their individual strengths while gauging their fitness and skill levels among their peers for NHL management and scouts.

On-ice tests at The Centrium included forward and backward sprints, reaction, weave agility, and transition agility drills performed with and without the puck before the program shifted to off-ice performance measures at Red Deer College that included strength testing, agility runs, and leg power evaluations.

Forward Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, ranked 3rd by NHL Central Scouting in their Midterm Rankings, finished atop the overall standings in on-ice testing based on results across the 10 different categories. Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders (ranked 17th by NHL CS) finished in second. Cozens finished first in the reaction with puck test, followed by five second-place rankings and a single third-place honour. Leason claimed a quartet of honours, finishing first in three of the tests followed by a second-place finish in another.

Among defenceman,Kaedan Korczak of the Kelowna Rockets (ranked 31st by NHL CS). Defenceman Jake Lee of the Seattle Thunderbirds (ranked 78th by NHL CS) finished in fifth overall.

Lee claimed second in 30 meter backward skate with puck while fellow rear guard Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants (ranked 4th by NHL CS), finished third. Overall, WHL players claimed top honours in four of the 10 on-ice events, factored into the top-three results for eight of the 10 events, and earned 13 of the top-three results.

The skills tests shifted to the off-ice portion later on, with WHL players claiming two of the top results among the seven tests performed. Cozens continued to showcase his strengths in the second part of the skills testing, ranking first in the Grip Left and Grip Right tests. Cozens was also recognized for finishing in the top three of the broad jump. Leason claimed a pair of third-star honours himself in the broad jump and medicine ball toss.

Kootenay ICE captain Peyton Krebs (ranked eighth by NHL CS) earned third-place honours in both the Pro Agility Left and Pro-Agility Right sides of the testing. Kaedan Korczak of the Kelowna Rockets (ranked 31st by NHL CS) was part of a six-way tie for third in the broad jump, claiming sole possession of third in the grip right test. Lee added his name to the top three in the grip left test.

As part of the off-ice testing, WHL players claimed a pair of first-place performances in the seven tests conducted. In total, WHL players claimed 10 top-three performances on the off-ice testing field.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – Sport Testing Combine Top Performers:

On-Ice Tests:

30M Forward Skate:
1 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
2 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
3 – Connor McMichael (London Knights)

30M Forward Skate with Puck:
1 – Connor McMichael (London Knights)
2 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
3 – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)

30M Backward Skate:
1 – Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
2 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
3 – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

30M Backward Skate with Puck:
1 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
2 – Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
3 – Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)

1 – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
2 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
3 – Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

Reaction with Puck:
1 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
2 – Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
3 – Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)

Weave Agility:
1 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
2 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
3 – Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)

Weave Agility with Puck:
1 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
2 – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
3 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Transition Agility:
1 – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
2 – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
3 – Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Transition Agility with Puck:
1 – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
2 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
3 – Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Off-Ice Tests:

Vertical Jump:
1 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
2 – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
3 – Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

Broad Jump:
1 – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
2 –Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
3 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
3 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
3 – Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
3 – Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
3 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
3 – Connor McMichael (London Knights)

Medicine Ball Toss:
1 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
2 – Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
3 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)

Grip Left:
1 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
2 – Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
3 – Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Grip Right:
1 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
2 – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
3 – Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)

Pro-Agility Left:
1 – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
2 – Nathan Legare (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
3 – Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)

Pro-Agility Right:
1 – Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
2 – Nathan Legare (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
3 – Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)

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.

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